Small Ball in the Big Leagues
A History of Stealing, Bunting, Walking and Otherwise Scratching for Runs
About the Book
The typical baseball fan yearns for one of two things: a strikeout or a home run.
But most of the game takes place in between these electrifying moments, and this book discusses the importance of “small ball” to baseball. It examines the multitude of times small ball activities have secured victories through aggressive base running, sacrifice hits, squeeze bunts, stolen bases, productive outs and hit-and-run plays, as well as games in which aggressive small ball activity led to defeat. The book covers the most important small ball players, managers and teams.
About the Author(s)
James D. Szalontai
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 14 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
Table of Contents
1. The Nineteenth Century 3
2. The Deadball Era 20
3. The Decline of Small Ball: 1920–1961 85
4. The Resurgence of Small Ball: 1962–2009 165
Appendix A: Stolen Base and Sacrifice Hit Totals
(Per League, Per Season, 1886–2009) 281
Appendix B: Teams That Have Led Their League
(Stolen Bases and Sacrifice Hits in a Season) 286
Chapter Notes 287
Book Reviews & Awards
“comprehensive…insightful…recommended…for hard-core baseball fans who like the statistical approach”—Library Journal; “this carefully researched volume will be a hit with fans”—Booklist.