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Baseball’s Greatest (Book) Review

 
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4/ 5


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Loads of great photos from every era of the sport.

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Probably not going to change anyone's mind on their personal favorites.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Baseball’s Greatest is a sturdy hardcover book, generously sized to do justice to the top notch photos of baseball history that are housed within. Covering tons of significant players from baseball’s past and present, it’s a must have coffee table book for fans of the sport.

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Posted December 12, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

“Ruth or Aaron? Gibson or Koufax? Fenway or Wrigley? Yankees or Dodgers?”

Baseball’s Greatest is an attempt to answer the age old question: who is really the best?  Rather than narrowing it down to one,overall great, the book approaches the question in categories. Who is the best manager? The best leftfielder? The best shortstop? Each category is broken down, lefthanded pitchers even separated from righthanded, to give a thorough look at who really did it best, past and present players alike. Whether you’re arguing the best shortstop or the all-time greatest franchise, this is a book that is sure to get some heated arguments going.

Each position is broken down into a top ten, as chosen by a panel of seven Sports Illustrated writers and editors. There are over twenty categories, covering a variety of positions, as well as franchises, ballparks, games, and more.  Each category is prefaced by a full page discussion of it, followed by the top ten as chosen by the panel. Each of the top ten, be they players or ballparks, is accompanied by stunning photographs and words by two of the panelists detailing why that choice was made. These words include memorable quotes, little facts from history, and some well thought out arguments to support their choice. The book is also interspersed with some top notch Sports Illustrated articles on some of the players featured in the book, printed in their entirety as they originally appeared in the magazine.

There are some great arguments made for the panelists’ choices, and a lot of thought-provoking articles and opinions. When it boils down to it, though, I don’t think those will change the minds of those who already have their top choices set. So why buy the book? In my mind, this book is well worth a purchase simply for the photographs alone. From Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle to Ken Griffey Jr. and Derek Jeter, each and every player covered in the book is featured with some of the most truly awe inspiring photos of baseball past and present. From Ozzie Smith in mid-backflip to Lou Gehrig at bat, these pictures encompass baseball’s history in a way words never can.

Baseball’s Greatest is a sturdy hardcover book, generously sized to do justice to the top notch photos of baseball history that are housed within. Covering tons of significant players from baseball’s past and present, it’s a must have coffee table book for fans of the sport.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)