The Dickson Baseball Dictionary by Paul Dickson
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The definitive work on the language of baseball—one of the “Five Best Baseball Books” (Wall Street Journal).

Hailed as “a staggering piece of scholarship” (Wall Street Journal) and “an indispensable guide to the language of baseball” (San Diego Union-Tribune), The Dickson Baseball Dictionary has become an invaluable resource for those who love the game. Drawing on dozens of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century periodicals, as well as contemporary sources, Dickson’s brilliant, illuminating definitions trace the earliest appearances of terms both well known and obscure. This edition includes more than 10,000 terms with 18,000 individual entries, and more than 250 photos. This “impressively comprehensive” (The Nation) book will delight everyone from the youngest fan to the hard-core aficionado.

About Paul Dickson

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Paul Dickson is the author of several classic baseball books, including The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, The Unwritten Rules of Baseball, The Hidden Language of Baseball, and The Joy of Keeping Score. He is also the author of the seminal narrative history Sputnik: The Shock of the Century and the coauthor of the acclaimed The Bonus Army: An American Epic. He lives in Garrett Park, Maryland.
Published June 13, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 1001 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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As baseball has evolved — for the better and worse — its language has changed as well. The words and phrases of the national pastime provide an important prism through which to understand an important part of our social and cultural history. Unfortunately, many books about the language are dull a...

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Washington Independent Review of Books

The other word books tend to be more amusements — books that cater to people who love wordplay and word history — what has come to be called “recreational linguistics.” Words from the White House falls into this category and like most of my books was a joy to research and write.

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