So You Think You Know Baseball?: A Fan's Guide to the Official Rules

So You Think You Know Baseball?: A Fan's Guide to the Official Rules


By (author) Peter E. Meltzer, Introduction by Rich Marazzi


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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 386 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 236mm x 28mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 2 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 039334438X
  • ISBN 13: 9780393344387
  • Sales rank: 1,028,067

Product description

Few sports lovers are as obsessed with rules and statistics as baseball fans. In So You Think You Know Baseball?, lifelong baseball enthusiast Peter E. Meltzer catalogues every noteworthy baseball rule from the Major League rulebook and illustrates its application with actual plays, from the historical to the contemporary. You can read the book from start to finish or consult it while watching a game to understand the mechanics of a play or how it should be scored. Meltzer analyzes the entire Official Baseball Rules using hundreds of Major League plays involving both plays on the field situations and plays which have involved the official scorer. This is the first book ever written which analyzes the entire rulebook in this fashion and which is based on actual plays. With Meltzer's unique and thoroughly entertaining guide in hand, which includes a foreword by baseball rules expert Rich Marazzi, you'll never have to scratch your head over an umpire or scorekeeper's call again.

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Author information

Peter E. Meltzer, the author of the best-selling The Thinker's Thesaurus and So You Think You Know Baseball?, is an attorney and a former professor at Rutgers University School of Law.

Review quote

"Robert's Rules of Order for baseball." -- Dan Shaughnessy, author of the New York Times bestseller Francona "Give this book to a fan and you might make yourself a friend for life." -- Mark Flowers "Meltzer has pulled off a baseball feat as rare as a triple play. He's managed to demystify-and in the process humanize-the game's complex and often arcane rulebook." -- Frank Fitzpatrick "I loved this book. The amount of research that went into it made my head spin. It's the real-life examples that make the difference." -- Grant Brisbee, editor, Baseball Nation "This unique breakdown of [baseball's] complex rules makes the labyrinthine regulations easy for even casual observers to understand... So you think you know baseball? Check out this book and you'll know a lot more!" -- Neil Pond "Absorbing." -- Dennis Drabelle