April 12th, 2011
Book Review: Baseball Miscellany:
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Baseball, by Matthew Silverman
“The Wall giveth and the Wall taketh away.”
Roger Angell, Writer.
If you’re like me, your baseball obsession doesn’t end with your favorite team–it may begin there, but with all of the strange things that have happened, or will happen in the unpredictable sport we know and love, I would have to say I am a student of the whole game as well…
Meticulously researched and compiled, Baseball Miscellany isn’t your grandfather’s everyday trivia–this book is jammed packed with memorable quotes, fun facts, definitions for those odd baseball terms, as well as 27 things you always wanted to know about baseball but didn’t even think to ask…
Diehard Mets fan, and co-author of Mets, Cubs, and Red Sox by the Numbers, Matthew Silverman clues us in to such gems as:
- In 1987, Houston paid reliever Charles Kerfeld in Orange Jell-O. Yes, JELLO… (He also liked the #37 as well…)
- Why is there a 7th inning stretch? (It started in the 19th century, but President Taft made it a mainstream event)
- Why are the walls of Wrigley Field covered in Ivy? (It wasn’t even all ivy when it was planted in 1937!)
- What is “the kitchen” (high and inside the strike zone…)
- Or, one of my favorites: “RBI” is actually a shortened version of “Ribeye Steak” (!!???)
And much, much more…
So when your team has an off-day, or isn’t playing well (ahem…), you can curl up with this fun and informative book and enjoy reading about the quirky sport we all know and love…
Baseball Miscellany can be purchased at Amazon, or wherever your favorite baseball books are sold.
Check it out!