Good Wood: The Story of the Baseball Bat

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9780879464776: Good Wood: The Story of the Baseball Bat

Here is the true story in baseball bat, from the first hand-hewn sticks to the latest innovation like the V-grip.
Louisville Slugger, Spaulding, Adirondack, Mizano, ash, maple, birch are all here. As are the men who have swung them so well: Wagner, Cobb, Ruth, Williams, Musial, Robinson, Mays, Mantle, Aaron, Rose, Schmidt, and hundreds of others.

Learn how bats are made; why they now explode with such ferocity; what happens when you shave, bone, stain, cup or cork them; the many shapes, lengths, weights and woods they come in.

Find out what is the MVB- Most Valuable Bat- of all time (spoiler alert, it belonged to the Babe), and decided for yourself whether Shoeless Joe's Black Betsy that someone paid over $500,000 for was the original or not.
Discover how Casey at the Bat became the most popular baseball poem ever, the reason Wonderboy was replaced by Savoy Special in The Natural, the many movies that have featured a bat as a deadly weapon, what happened to good ol' Charlie Brown after he went yard, and where you can observe artist Claes Oldenburg's, Batcolumn.

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About the Author:

Stuart Miller is the author of The 100 Greatest Days in New York Sports and co-author of The Other Islands of New York City. He has written about baseball for the New York Times, ESPN: The Magazine, and many other publications. He also coached each of his two sons' baseball teams to 2011 championships in Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

Review:

Spring training begins in a little more than two months, and we here at The Score are already looking forward to that late winter day when we march over to Prospect Park and swing a bat for the first time after a long hiatus. As Babe Ruth once said, "There's nothing that feels as sweet as a good, solid smash."

Brooklyn author Stuart Miller knows this, too, and that's why he wrote "Good Wood: The Story of the Baseball Bat." As Miller notes in his introduction, baseball is just a game of catch if you don't have a bat.

The 220-page love letter to America's most famous sporting goods icon includes cool chapters on the history and development of the baseball bat and notorious bats of baseball history. Our favorite chapter is entitled "Some Real Corkers," a look at how Pete Rose, George Brett, Howard Johnson and other major league stars altered their bats to gain an edge on pitchers.

We also liked Miller's roundup of baseball bats in popular culture. Any book that can make the leap from Hank Aaron and Johnny Mize to the movies "The Warriors" and "Escape from New York" belongs on our must-read list. "Good Wood" is available on Amazon, or through the publisher's website, ActaSports.com. --New York Daily News

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