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Title:
Nine sides of the diamond : baseball's great glove men on the fine art of defense
Author:
Falkner, David.
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Publication Information:
New York : Times Books, 1990.
Physical Description:
372 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780812918069
Format :
Book

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Booklist Review

Falkner, author of an excellent biography of Japanese baseball legend Sadaharu Oh, focuses on the best baseball fielders and their craft. He devotes a chapter to each position and in each discusses a couple of greats from the distant past and a couple from the modern era. What emerges is a surprisingly analytical collective intelligence among the great fielders, men who fine-tune their fielding the way an ace mechanic does a racing car. No subtlety or nuance is overlooked. Readers will gain a new respect for the intelligence and athleticism that coexists in all these athletes. Firsthand testimony is elicited from the likes of modern practitioners such as Graig Nettles, Bob Boone, and Alan Trammell. Highly recommended. --Wes Lukowsky


Library Journal Review

Falkner is a noted sportswriter who has coauthored a well-known account of the Japanese Babe Ruth, Sadaharu Oh ( LJ 6/1/84). In this new, vastly entertaining, and insightful book, Falkner turns his attention to the art of baseball defense. Through interviews and anecdotes he shows how defense, though underestimated and overlooked by many fans, is an essential ingredient for success. A great defensive player does not have to be an all-star hitter to make a contribution--witness, for instance, ex-Baltimore Oriole shortstop Mark Belanger, a weak hitter who played great shortstop for 18 years. The art of defense requires skill and imagination--qualities that Falkner exhibits in his fine writing. Recommended for most sports collections.-- Paul Kaplan, Highland Park P.L., Ill. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.