Monday, December 23, 2013

Sport's Illustrated's Baseball's Greatest Book Review

I got this awesome book for Mike for Christmas and gave it to him early so that we could review it together. It is truly one of a kind and if your husband or you are a baseball fan, you are going to want this priceless book in your collection!
New York, June 10TH , 2013)—Ruth or Aaron? Gibson or Koufax? Fenway or Wrigley? Yankees or Dodgers?  
For as long as there has been baseball, pundits and fans of America’s favorite pastime have argued, deliberated and analyzed over who are the best players, the best teams, the best games and more. Indeed, one can ask an entire stadium of people and come up with an entire stadium of answers.  
Now the Major League Baseball experts from Sports Illustrated weigh in with thought-provoking and insightful answers to the questions that have been pondered since the days of Abner Doubleday.    
Indeed, the new must-have coffee-table book Baseball’s Greatest (Oct. 8, 2013, Time Home Entertainment, $32.95) offers the hands-down, unequivocal “Top 10” in more than 20 categories, including the top sluggers, pitchers, stadiums, managers, and franchises.  
According to Bill Syken, the book’s editor, baseball is the toughest sport to judge across the ages: “When you attempt to compare Honus Wagner to Derek Jeter, or Stan Musial to Barry Bonds, or Walter Johnson to Roger Clemens, there are no right answers, only compelling arguments—and this book is full of them.”  
Baseball’s Greatest also pays tribute to the diamond’s best characters and the most impressive records that may never be surpassed and includes hundreds of classic images and the storytelling that only the writers of Sports Illustrated can provide.  
"As I researched classic SI stories, I was reminded of how many great writers SI has had over the years,” Syken said. “Robert W. Creamer, Ron Fimrite and Tom Verducci all represent the height of their craft, and the prose from them and many other spectacular writers makes the personalities in this book come alive.”  
To create this ultimate fan book, Syken also assembled a lineup of SI’s baseball writers and editors that includes Tom Verducci, Stephen Cannella, Kostya Kennedy, David Sabino, Dick Friedman, Albert Chen and David Bauer. As they spiritedly debated every category to reach a consensus, the panelists justified their rankings, and their comments appear in the book alongside each Top 10 selection.  
Their stunning collaborative effort resulted in not only rankings for the best players by position, but also produced lists that range from best base runners and defensive players to best quotes and movies—endlessly arguable topics that sports fans will love.  
"My favorite section in the book is probably the greatest games,” Syken added. “Reading the old stories, you relive not only Fisk’s home run, or Mookie Wilson’s grounder, but all the forgotten drama that led up to those moments.” In short, this is the best of the best in the major leagues—Baseball’s Greatest.
My husband is really excited and proud to have this book! He didn't know it was coming until the day it came and I thought about not giving it to him until Christmas but decided that maybe I ought to go ahead and do it now instead so I can tell you about it.

He is a die hard baseball fan and he pretty much knows most of the names in the book and he even took with him to work one day to show off to all the guys at work. They were equally impressed and told him he needed to get a book place holder to keep it on his desk here at home and that is exactly what he did!

So, now the book sits proudly on his desk where he can see it every time he looks up. I think this has been one of the best gifts I could have given him. So, if you or your husband is a baseball fan, this book will deliver some great moments and some of the best moments in baseball history!


Bill Syken, a former editor and reporter at Sports Illustrated, has served as the editor on several SI Books, most recently Football’s Greatest and Pittsburgh Steelers: Pride in Black and Gold. He lives in Philadelphia.
Sports Illustrated (SI), the most respected voice in sports journalism, is a multimedia sports brand that takes the consumer into the heart and soul of sports. It reaches a weekly audience of nearly 21 million adults, and, the magazine's 24/7 sports news website delivers more than 150 original stories each week. For more information on Baseball’s Greatest, please visit

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Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.