Flip Flop Fly Ball

Flip Flop Fly Ball

An Infographic Baseball Adventure

Book - 2011
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Provides statistics, trivia, charts, and other details about baseball players, teams, fields, and other aspects of the game, with an emphasis on less-commonly mentioned facts.

McMillan Palgrave

How many miles does a baseball team travel in one season?
How tall would A-Rod's annual salary be in pennies?
What does Nolan Ryan have to do with the Supremes and Mariah Carey?
You might never have asked yourself any of these questions, but Craig Robinson's Flip Flop Fly Ball will make you glad to know the answers.
Baseball, almost from the first moment Robinson saw it, was more than a sport. It was history, a nearly infinite ocean of information that begged to be organized. He realized that understanding the game, which he fell in love with as an adult, would never be possible just through watching games and reading articles. He turned his obsession into a dizzyingly entertaining collection of graphics that turned into an Internet sensation.
Out of Robinson's Web site, www.flipflopflyball.com, grew this book, full of all-new, never-before-seen graphics. Flip Flop Fly Ball dives into the game's history, its rivalries and absurdities, its cities and ballparks, and brings them to life through 120 full-color graphics. Statistics-the sport's lingua franca-have never been more fun.
(By the way, the answers: about 26,000 miles, at least if the team in question is the 2008 Kansas City Royals; 3,178 miles; they were the artists atop the Billboard Hot 100 when Ryan first and last appeared in MLB games.)
Craig Robinson is, among other things, an Englishman and a New York Yankees fan with a soft spot for the Colorado Rockies and a man-crush on Ichiro. Last season he played outfield for the Prenzlauer Berg Piranhas in the Berlin Mixed Softball League (.452/.548/.575). His previous books include Atlas, Schmatlas: A Superior Atlas of the World and Fun Fun Fun.

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How many miles does a baseball team travel in one season? How tall would A'Rod's annual salary be in pennies? What does Nolan Ryan have to do with the Supremes and Maria Carey? You might never have asked youself any of these questions, but Craig Robinson's Fli flop fly ball will make you glad to know the answers.
A lively treasury of baseball trivia gleaned from the author's flipflopflyball.com website is comprised of 120 full-color graphics that share statistical, historical and cultural tidbits on everything from the miles traveled by a baseball team in one season to the height of A-Rod's annual salary in pennies. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2011
Edition: 1st US ed
ISBN: 9781608192694
Branch Call Number: 796.357 R109f 2011
Characteristics: v, 154 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps (chiefly col.) ; 31 cm


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May 06, 2015

Appropriately subtitled "An Infographic Baseball Adventure," this book is a fun look at the numbers in baseball - and not just statistics.

Sep 18, 2011

Loved the story about how a Englishman living in Germany fell in love with baseball as an adult. In the process, he had a lot of questions about the game, many of which emanate from a different perspective than from an American who grew up with the game. The answers are presented in a graphical fashion through the use of pie charts, maps, line diagrams, bar charts, etc. Examples of his questions are what is the American town (in the contiguous US) farthest from a ML team. Or which ML ballparks allow smoking (he's a smoker.)

Fascinating questions and answers.


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