ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION (1948) - Here is Joe DiMaggio’s inside story of baseball, an instructive and entertaining survey of the game written expressly for fan and player alike — the bleacher fan, the sand-lot player, the high school athlete, and anyone who has ever swung a bat or whooped it up for the home team.
Never before in one volume has baseball been covered so thoroughly. Joe DiMaggio, idol of today’s baseball world, probes the arts of batting, base running, coaching, strategy, and play at each of the nine positions. Through his own experiences and those of a hundred other major leaguers, he tells of life in the Big Leagues, World Series play, anecdotes about old-time players such as Shanty Hogan and Casey Stengel and contemporary figures like Bill Dickey and Bob Feller. With the aid of sketches and photographs, DiMaggio explains in detail how Lou Gehrig learned to go far to his right for a ground ball; how a shortstop often relays the catcher’s signals to the outfield; how a batter protects a base runner; how a pitcher grips the ball for a sinker, a curve, and a knuckler.
Read what old-time catcher Shanty Hogan remembers about life in the Eastern League. (“We called it the ‘Up and At ’em League’—up all night and at ’em all day.”). Or what colorful Casey Stengel said about barnstorming from town to town in automobiles. (“Never let a pitcher who lost a close game that afternoon be your driver that night.”)
DiMaggio consulted many authorities in this study of the game. His advisory board of baseball experts included Frankie Frisch, former second baseman and manager of the St. Louis Cardinals; Bill Dickey, former catcher for the New York Yankees; Carl Hubbell, former New York Giant pitcher; Art Fletcher, New York Yankee coach, and Red Barber, Sports Director for C.B.S.
Baseball for Everyone is a warm and revealing story of our favorite national pastime, written by the game’s most outstanding exponent, Joe DiMaggio. For sixteen years DiMaggio patrolled center field for the New York Yankees. Three times he was designated the American League’s most valuable player, and in 1947 he won the Sportsman-of-the-Year trophy awarded by Sports Magazine.
Illustrated with 9 Halftones and 17 Line Drawings by Lenny Hollreiser