Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Baseball Fanbook: Everything You Need to Know to Become a Hardball Know-It-All: Review


I admittedly don't know a whole lot about baseball.  I know that the object of the game is to hit a ball that's pitched to you, and run the bases to the home plate.  Here are a few more tidbits I know about the game:

1.  A Grand Slam is a good thing.  That's when a batter hits a ball waaay out there and it's impossible to catch.

2.  Pete Rose was a big name in the sport until he did some shady stuff.

3.  In the area where I live, it's Cardinals or Cubs.  There's diehards for both teams, and most of those fans are very vocal about why their team is the best.

If you want to learn more about baseball or know a fan of the sport, then I think The Baseball Fanbook would be perfect.


A title that will be available soon from Sports Illustrated Kids Books, THE BASEBALL FANBOOK (on sale April 3, 2018 / ages 8 & up) is such a fun little book that readers are going to be obsessed with, especially the MLB quizzes at the end of the book. There's a lot to love in this one!

This is the next installment in the popular Fanbook series (The Football Fanbook, August 2017), and is chock-full of all the nerdy-cool insider knowledge that fans ready for next-level, in-depth stats need to know. Tailor-made for baseball fanatics who know the basics of the sport they love and are looking to become super fans, this new fanbook is filled with fun trivia, unique lingo, and illustrated behind-the-skills how-to's. Chapters include Team Tidbits (facts about every MLB team), Think Like a Manager (essential strategies), He Reminds Me Of (comparing current plays to legendary greats), and much more! 

The Baseball Fanbook pulls out all the stops.  This hardback book has high-quality pictures, and is filled with enough baseball info to make your head spin.  Each chapter is divided into sections.  For instance, chapter 6 compares stars of today to stars of yesteryear.  Chapter 2 is filled with obscure facts and noteworthy baseball tidbits.  There's even a page that shows how to properly chew sunflower seeds.  Now I can have some knowledge when I'm with a group of Cardinals fans.  I might just amaze them that I know the Cardinals were originally called the St. Louis Brown Stockings, or that Rogers Hornsby's .424 average in 1924 remains an NL record. 

I'm still not a huge fan of baseball, but found The Baseball Fanbook to be interesting.  The lingo, trivia and stats were fascinating.  My 19 yoa son is more into the sport than I am, and the book has been handed off to him to read.  So far, he's really enjoying it.

Are you a fan of baseball?
What is your favorite baseball team?

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