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Great baseball feats, facts & firsts (2000)
Nemec, David.
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2000 edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Signet, 2000.

Physical Description:
xix, 426 pages ; 18 cm
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GV877 .N46 1998C Adult Mass Market Paperback Central Closed Stacks

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Discover the offbeat feats, the historic moments, and the one-of-a-kind characters that keep baseball flying as it enters the new millennium. This comprehensive and updated volume features all the need-to-know stats, scores, and strikeouts every diehard baseball fan needs to know.

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Booklist Review

Nemec has collected an endlessly entertaining assortment of facts every baseball fan ought to know, if for no other reason than to annoy other fans. For example, Who was the first switch hitter to win a batting title in the National League? Pete Rose in 1968. Nemec has cleverly organized the material so that even the most arcane facts (tallest and shortest players) are easily accessible in straightforward, topically labeled chapters. Among the many categories are ``Workhorse Records,'' ``All-time Worst Fielders and Hitters,'' ``Pinch-hitting Feats,'' and ``The Leading Losers.'' Browsing at its best for the baseball crowd only. WL. 796.357'0973 Baseball U.S. Records [CIP] 86-33262

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
The System for Evaluating Featsp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
Section 1 Famous Firsts: 1846-1900p. 3
Season Record Holders Prior to 1901p. 14
The Four Most Interesting Teams Before 1901p. 19
Wild Men on the Moundp. 23
Ownersp. 27
Famous Brother Actsp. 33
Invisible Men: Umpiresp. 39
First Basemen's Recordsp. 44
Under the Lightsp. 49
World Series Play: 1876-1900p. 52
Section 2 Famous Firsts: 1901-19p. 59
A Short History of Team Namesp. 63
Where the Games Are Playedp. 68
Managers' Recordsp. 75
The Three Most Interesting Teams Between 1901 and 1919p. 81
ERA Recordsp. 84
On the Blackp. 87
Second Basemen's Recordsp. 90
Triples Recordsp. 94
Pitching Records for Most Winsp. 97
Pitching Records for Most Starts and Complete Gamesp. 104
The Great Scandalsp. 108
World Series Play: 1901-19p. 114
Section 3 Famous Firsts: 1920-41p. 121
Total Bases Recordsp. 125
Record Slugging Averagesp. 128
Long Day's Journeyp. 132
Iron-Man Pitchersp. 134
No-Hitters and Perfect Gamesp. 137
Record-breaking Scorersp. 145
The Three Most Interesting Teams Between 1920 and 1941p. 148
MVP Award Winnersp. 151
All-Star Game Featsp. 154
Shortstops' Recordsp. 158
Astronomical ERAsp. 163
The Hall of Famep. 167
Individual Batting and Pitching Streaksp. 171
World Series Play: 1920-41p. 175
Section 4 Famous Firsts: 1942-60p. 183
Batting Title Record Holdersp. 187
Handicapped Playersp. 193
Firsts by Black Playersp. 196
The Four Most Interesting Teams Between 1942 and 1960p. 202
Minor League Feats and Firstsp. 205
Switch Hitters' Recordsp. 216
Great Batting Debutsp. 220
Pitchers' Records as Hittersp. 224
Pinch-hitting Featsp. 228
Cy Young Award Winnersp. 234
Batters' Strikeout Recordsp. 237
World Series Play: 1942-60p. 242
Section 5 Famous Firsts: 1961-76p. 249
Expansion Team Firstsp. 252
Home Run Featsp. 256
Not with a Whimperp. 265
Outfielders' Recordsp. 268
Triple Crown Winnersp. 272
Great Shutout Featsp. 276
The Three Most Interesting Teams Between 1961 and 1976p. 281
Relievers' Recordsp. 284
Workhorse Recordsp. 292
Great Feats of Precocityp. 295
Great Milestone Achievementsp. 299
World Series Play: 1961-76p. 303
Section 6 Famous Firsts: 1977-93p. 311
The Most Difficult Pitchers to Beatp. 313
The All-Time Worst Fieldersp. 317
Base-stealing Featsp. 320
Loyalty Recordsp. 326
The Hitless Wondersp. 332
The Three Most Interesting Teams Between 1977 and 1993p. 338
Third Basemen's Recordsp. 341
Red-hot Rookiesp. 345
The Leading Losersp. 349
Father-and-Son Firstsp. 355
The Most Prolific Hittersp. 359
World Series Play: 1977-93p. 362
Section 7 Famous Firsts: 1994-99p. 373
Life-Begins-at-40 Recordsp. 375
Team Records since 1901p. 379
One-Year Wondersp. 386
RBI Recordsp. 393
Men for All Seasonsp. 398
Eagle-Eyed Hittersp. 403
Doubles Recordsp. 409
The Three Most Interesting Teams since 1994p. 411
Catchers' Recordsp. 414
The Strikeout Kingsp. 418
World Series Play: 1994-99p. 423