Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Legends: The Truth, the Lies, and Everything Else (2020)

Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Legends: The Truth, the Lies, and Everything Else Rob Neyer Rob Neyer s Big Book of Baseball Legends The Truth the Lies and Everything Else The latest and greatest in ESPN baseball guru Rob Neyer s Big Book series Legends is a highly entertaining guide to baseball fables that have been handed down through generations The well told baseba
  • Title: Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Legends: The Truth, the Lies, and Everything Else
  • Author: Rob Neyer
  • ISBN: 9780743284905
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback
Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Legends: The Truth, the Lies, and Everything Else Rob Neyer The latest and greatest in ESPN baseball guru Rob Neyer s Big Book series, Legends is a highly entertaining guide to baseball fables that have been handed down through generations.The well told baseball story has long been a staple for baseball fans In Rob Neyer s Big Book of Baseball Legends, Neyer breathes new life into both classic and obscure stories throughout twThe latest and greatest in ESPN baseball guru Rob Neyer s Big Book series, Legends is a highly entertaining guide to baseball fables that have been handed down through generations.The well told baseball story has long been a staple for baseball fans In Rob Neyer s Big Book of Baseball Legends, Neyer breathes new life into both classic and obscure stories throughout twentieth century baseball stories that, while engaging on their own, also tell us fascinating things about their main characters and about the sport s incredibly rich history With his signature style, Rob gets to the heart of every anecdote, working through the particulars with careful research drawn from a variety of primary sources For each story, he asks Did this really happen Did it happen, sort of Or was the story simply the wild invention of someone s imagination Among the scores of legends Neyer questions and investigates Did an errant Bob Feller pitch really destroy the career of a National League All Star Did Greg Maddux mean to give up a long blast to Jeff Bagwell Was Fred Lynn the clutch player he thinks he was Did Tommy Lasorda have a direct line to God Did Negro Leaguer Gene Benson really knock Indians second baseman Johnny Berardino out of baseball and into General Hospital Did Billy Martin really outplay Jackie Robinson every time they met Oh, and what about Babe Ruth s Called Shot Rob checks each story, separates the truths from the myths, and places their fascinating characters into the larger historical context Filled with insider lore and Neyer s sharp wit and insights, this is an exciting addition to a superb series and an essential read for true fans of our national pastime.
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  1. Russ

    In this book, Rob Neyer factchecks some of the many stories that have been told about baseball over the years I personally love reading Rob Neyer s work, though one may need a certain level of baseball OCD to enjoy something like this The bulk of the writing is going through boxscores and game accounts.If you are a huge baseball dork, you ll like it, otherwise you ll be bored to tears I liked it.

  2. Tom Stamper

    I ve been reading this book casually since December whenever I wanted to take a break from something heavier It s a series of 2 3 page recollections from ballplayers followed by Rob Neyer s research to check their veracity As you can imagine ballplayers tend to remember the drama they were feeling and mistaking that for drama that never really took place on the ball field I read a lot about baseball and many of the stories were new to me although there a few famous ones too Neyer had to put a lo [...]

  3. Mike

    This book could be entitled Everything You Wanted To Know About Baseball But Were Afraid To Ask It covers baseball legends from nearly the inception of baseball as we now know it I m surprised, but really shouldn t be, at how many myths there are floating around out there It seems that baseball players, especially those of great fame, are also great story tellers This author makes it clear that we loves the stories about these guys, regardless of who started them, because myth is often much int [...]

  4. Mike

    Eh, this book was pretty good but I expected it to be better Not really sure why I expected , because all the Neyer books I ve read have disappointed somewhat Though I keep reading because I ve been an avid reader of his blog on ESPN for ten years Anyways, there s some great baseball stories in here which is why I give it 3 stars and Neyer tediously fact checks them Did it happen or not Most of the time, it didn t happen the way the storyteller told it The essence of the story was right but the [...]

  5. Jesse Richman

    The title of this book is a little deceiving what Neyer takes on here aren t really legends for the most part, just the sort of yarns and tall tales that old ballplayers are famous infamous for And he sometimes seems to lose the spirit of things as he nitpicks away at stories that were clearly never meant to be taken as historically accurate in the first place.That said, it s fun to watch Neyer dig deep into the stacks of history to pull out facts and figures from baseball s earliest eras One of [...]

  6. Mike

    I m a huge baseball fan, to the point where I fancy myself a bit of an historian Also, I have read just about every word Rob Neyer has written for ESPN in the past 12 years So, you d expect that I d love this book, right You d be wrong.Each self contained chapter is 2 3 pages long, which is nice, and makes it easy to flip through quickly, but the topics are awful Players you ve never heard of even me, in some cases , and players you never cared about And Neyer is attacking newspaper articles fro [...]

  7. Graham Polando

    A fun bedside read The title is deceptive the legends make up maybe a tenth of the book s word count, the remainder of which is Neyer s strangely compelling narrative on how he investigated each vignette How he went about that investigation is revealing he compares the legends, which are really particularly vivid and, at least to this reasonably well informed baseball fan, not particularly legendary stories, to box scores If the story comports with the box score, it is true or at least plausible [...]

  8. Oliver Bateman

    Although the point of this book is to fact check apocryphal baseball stories many of which appear in classic and supposedly authoritative books like October 1964 , it ends up being about something far bigger than that the nature of truth itself Neyer dances around but doesn t avoid this issue, with questions of memory and veracity raised in every chapter We are left to answer for ourselves whether some version of the truth as found in the record is preferable to legends that, however false or mi [...]

  9. B

    As Bill James implied in the preface, a lot of these stories would be better if they were true Or the reader would be happier if he could believe that they are true.Severl of these stories were big winners But Neyer s way of describing how he went about debunking them was unnecessary It should have read Myth and then Fact and the process of going to Retrosheet should have been endnoted, if included anywhere.There s also something somewhat archaic about all these references to batting average and [...]

  10. Jason Anspach

    I love, love, love baseball and I m a sabermetrics guy, so statistics do not frighten me That said, this book should have been great Instead, it was written clunky and tedious The setup for the legends were only as good as the quotes pulled from the memoirs or other original source materials and were invariably followed up with little than let s see about that and dry, dry, dry fact checking with little to no levity.

  11. Matt

    The author researched the tall tales told by and about ballplayers since the beginning of baseball It was interesting to read the stories as they were told by the ball players but the author s input after researching it was pretty dry and boring Although it was interesting I can t give it than three stars I fell asleep a few times while reading it.

  12. Andrew Neil

    This was definitely my favorite of Rob s Big Books and a fun read overall It s best digested in small doses, because otherwise the process story, background, analysis, result can get a little repetetive I d certainly recommend it to anyone who enjoys old baseball stories and tall tales.

  13. Barry

    You know, I have to say this book was fairly boring And I m a Neyer guy who loves baseball But 300 pages of debunking intricacies of baseball stories, most of which are 60 years old Kinda of tiresome.

  14. Matt

    If you are a big baseball fan, you will love this book Lots and lots of fun, and an awesome trip through the intersection of baseball lore and modern baseball research, but only for baseball geeks

  15. Robert

    A critical examination of baseball legend, folklore, and oral history Interesting for student of both baseball and history for the methodology, the analysis, and the interpretation of stories about Ruth, Gehrig, Dean, Wagner and others.

  16. Dante

    This is a very fun book The stories are very entertaining on their own, but the fact checking and stories that come from the research make it even enjoyable All baseball fans should check this book out.

  17. Jack

    A fun read that reinforces the truth that old timers can t help but make crap up If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

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