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by Louis Rubin

eBook The Quotable Baseball Fanatic download ISBN: 1592281303
Author: Louis Rubin
Publisher: The Lyons Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2004)
Language: English
Pages: 400
ePub: 1629 kb
Fb2: 1548 kb
Rating: 4.3
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Category: Reference
Subcategory: Quotations

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Leave it to that eminent philosopher Yogi Berra to put the national pastime in perspective: "It ain't like football," he once noted. You can't make up no trick plays. Maybe it's just that physical straightforwardness that has led to so much written and verbal razzle-dazzle on the game. Yogi's is just one of the many stellar observations collected in The Quotable Baseball Fanatic. The Quotable Baseball Fanatic. This is a great collection of baseball quotes compiled by Rubin who has been a lifelong baseball fan and founder and director of Algonquin Books. He was a professor of literature for forty years.

Louis D. Rubin, Jr. put together a wonderful collection of quotes from every spectrum of the baseball world . If I had to rate this book on a scale from one to five - it would be a ten! The Quotable Baseball Fanatic was AWESOME! Baseball Fan's delight. Published by Thriftbooks. put together a wonderful collection of quotes from every spectrum of the baseball world; and from every generation. Any fan of the game who appreciates its rich history, will cherish having this book in their personal library. com User, 19 years ago.

Guggenheim fellow, 1958-1959, fellow American Council Learned Socs. Served with Army of the United States, 1943-1946. Fellow Southern Writers (chancellor 1991-1993); member Society Study Southern Literature (president 1975-1976), Phi Beta Kappa.

The contributors include such greats as Henry Aaron ( The pitcher only had a ball, I had a bat ), Casey Stengel ( I been in the game a hundred years, but I see new ways to lose I never knew existed before ), and of course, the inimitable Yogi Berra ( It ain’t like football. You can’t make up no trick plays ). It’s a great gift for baseball fans everywhere.

Owner · 1986 to present · Georgetown, South Carolina.

Has a baseball team ever meant so much to a city's identity as the Dodgers meant to Brooklyn? Though overly sentimental in parts (if perhaps understandably so), Kahn's part-memoir, part-elegy remains the classic.

18. Don't Look Back: Satchel Paige in the Shadows of Baseball (2000) by Mark Ribowsky. Perhaps the greatest pitcher ever, and unquestionably one of its most memorable characters, Satchel Paige has been the subject of numerous books.

If you like baseball books, in depth analysis and have a keen interest in the history of the game. Bill James' revision to his classic historical abstract weighs in at a hefty 1000 pages and a big price tag. But it's worth it. You really get two books

If you like baseball books, in depth analysis and have a keen interest in the history of the game. You really get two books. Book I: A decade-by-decade look at the game. As James says in his preface, he's not trying to give times and dates. Each section gives the reader a feel for what baseball was like in that decade - who the popular players were, how they played, where they played.

The most witty and insightful things ever said about America's favorite pastime.
Comments: (4)
Blackredeemer
Louis D. Rubin, Jr. put together a wonderful collection of quotes from every spectrum of the baseball world; and from every generation. Some of the observations made over one hundred years ago are still relevent, demonstrating the timeless beauty of the greatest game on earth.

Any fan of the game who appreciates its rich history, will cherish having this book in their personal library. You'll especially get a kick out of some of Casey Stengel's rambling diatribes, although you might need a translator to comprehend "Stengelese". It's a complex language, but it's fun to try to understand.

On the other side of the spectrum are quotes from some of the game's greatest players, made over one hundred years ago; and the voice of the great Christy Mathewson, one of the game's true gentlemen, will resonate with grace and poignance, even after all these years.

In short, this treasure chest of quotations is an invaluable resource to have in your possession. It will enrich your life.
Frey
Athletics, in general, and baseball, in particular, are strange animals. It's not often that the learned have any real fascination with or adoration for the unlearned, but athletics are the exception to the rule.

Virtually every athlete's autobiography is ghost-written. And those who observe athletics and communicate about what they observe are often blessed or cursed with a formal education - think of Roger Angell, Bartlett Giamatti, and Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Yet the athletes themselves are generally not Rhodes scholars, even though they are more likely to have a formal education now than in previous years - and even though they have ALWAYS been likely to have an instinctive brand of intelligence that isn't necessarily honed by formal education.

Roy Blount makes this point in what is otherwise a somewhat addled introduction to this collection of baseball quotations, edited by Louis Rubin. The collection itself has a quotation in it making the point that the average baseball player knows far more about his profession than does the smartest sportswriter.

Yogi Berra's oft-quoted observation that it was impossible to think and hit at the same time is a perfect example of that instinctive brand of intelligence. When Joe Louis said of Billy Conn, "He can run, but he can't hide", he was imparting more wisdom than you could ever hope to receive in a dozen treatises from Leonard Koppett.

And there's a wonderful story in this collection in which an earnest sportswriter asks Leo Durocher if he's going to try to get his team off to a fast start when the season begins. "No, you stupid ---!" Durocher replies. "I'm gonna lose the first ten games!"

So no book of baseball quotations can be all bad, and there are other good ones in here, but in spite of all the warning signs, Rubin often does err on the side of the intellectualoids, giving us a little too much of their frothy eloquence and not quite enough of the ballplayers' peasant wisdom.

A collection that includes six George Will quotations is a collection overburdened by at least six quotations, though it IS gratifying to be reminded of the misery that the Chicago Cubs have put Will through.

Fred Leib provides a little too much background to Casey Stengel's superimposing himself over the Yankee front office's cover story that he had retired with the flat declaration, "Boys, I've just been fired". It might have been better to just include the quotation itself, which stands on its own (with perhaps a brief explanation in italics below an attribution to Leib`s book).

Stengel himself was capable of rambling as well, and this collection includes some lengthy Stengelese diatribe. But I would have also elected to include Casey's forthright and brief answer to why he ordered slow-footed weak-hitting pitcher Bob Turley to (successfully) attempt to execute the hit-and-run instead of bunting: "Because it's run, sheep, run, and you can't bunt the lively ball".

A pink cloud threatens baseball today. Baseball is a game of uniquely masculine imagery and ritual and as in every other field known for its masculine mystery today, it is being encroached upon by the female menace.

In addition to the infestation of the game with female sportswriters, the Giants have been cursed for years with a female public address announcer, and the Yankees have recently hired a female color commentator. Female encroachment upon any pastime inevitably deprives it of all mystique, and it's more of a threat to baseball than all of the gambling scandals, big money, drug scandals, and steroids controversies put together.

For this reason, I am grateful to Rubin for including quotations from a couple of old-time baseball men, Rogers Hornsby and John McGraw (discussing the subject of players wives), about a woman's proper role in the game.
Goldcrusher
"The Quotable Baseball Fanatic" by Louis D. Rubin and the foreword was written by Roy Blount Jr. This book has quotes all the way from Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris to Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa. Some of the quotes could help you in life, and some are just hilarous. I recommend this book to people who love baseball and baseball players, and obviosly people who like quotes. Most quotes come after big games or in the locker room after a game. After a few quotes, I couldn't put this book down. If I had to rate this book on a scale from one to five - it would be a ten! The Quotable Baseball Fanatic was AWESOME!
Tat
This is a keeper for any baseball fan. The most complete, enjoyable collection of baseball quotes I've ever seen...from the humerous to the serious. And the size makes it easy to handle.