New Dickson Baseball Dictionary
Harvey Frommer's Sports Book Review
New Dickson Baseball Dictionary by Paul Dickson;
Books, 579pp. $20.00
Stengel was famous for many things including reacting this way when
someone doubted what he said: "Well, you could look it up."
you can look it up, and look it up in "The New Dickson Baseball
Dictionary". This is a mighty rich lode of baseball lexica that
begins with "A" (l. See Class A. 2. Scoreboard abbreviation for
assist. 3. Box score abbreviation for attendance) and ends with “Zurdo”,
Spanish for lefty.
will also get the answers to questions like: When did left-handers become
did the term “bullpen” come from? What is a “Texas Leaguer”?
" Where did “seventh-inning stretch” come from? What is a
“Peggy Lee fastball”? What are the meanings of “Hoover” and
“Hooter” and “hoopdy-scoop”?
of these questions are answered along with so many more and there are
definitions not only for designated hitter, ground ball, and unassisted
triple play but also for Black Sox, Cactus League, and Lou Gehrig’s
disease. etc. etc.
Dickson, the author of the “Joy of Keeping Score”, “Baseball's
Greatest Quotations”, “Baseball: The President's Game”, and
“Family Words”, provides the background, context and usage for over
7000 words in this updated version of the Dickson dictionary that was
published 10 years ago. The sub-title of the book is “A cyclopedic
reference to more than 7,000 words, names, phrases, and slang expressions
that define the game, its heritage, culture and variations”. It is all
of that and more.
alphabetically, the book has definitions, examples, cross-references, and
word and phrase origins.
are even interesting and seldom seen illustrations of memorabilia like: a
button from the New York Black Yankees, an 1886 lithograph of the St.
George Grounds on Staten Island, New York where both the American
Association Metropolitans and the National League Giants played in the
1880s, a poster advertising Joe DiMaggio seeking to extend his 1941 game
consecutive game hitting streak to 49 in Sportsman's Park, St. Louis
Besides the language of baseball, the book also covers the lingo of
knows the score but there are some errors along the way, which a capable
editor would have picked up: there are players who are misnamed (like Gary
Maddux for Greg Maddux of the Atlanta Braves).
also book includes a brief thesaurus, a list of baseball abbreviations,
and a partially annotated bibliography (this author has two of his books
listed there) works on baseball terminology, all of which add to its
sum, this is the most complete collection of baseball terms and slang to
be found between two covers. It is a book that offers a lot for novices
just learning about the game and for experts who can still learn a little
more. The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary is a home run - a gold mine of
information on each page.
"Where's Harry?" by Steve Stone with Barry Rozner (Taylor
Publishers, $24.95) is a wonderful read. The book is filled with humor,
special insights and wonderful stories about the late and great baseball
broadcaster Harry Caray).
Ride: The Illustrated History of the Denver Broncos" by Alex Marvez
(Taylor Publishers, $36.95) is sure to get you in the mood for the new
National Football League season. It's filled with great photos and
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