This author has gone to a lot of trouble to put together lists of players who hold both important and somewhat trivial records. All are interesting, though, and some of his questions that come with his lists are dynamite. The really amazing thing is how many of them already have to be updated because of what happened in 1999. But you can do that on your own with a bottle of Whiteout. The chapter here on pinch hitting alone is worth getting this book for.
This is a big book in every sense of the word. Loads of pages,loads of facts,loads of lists of record-holders, etc. It never lets down even for a moment, though. From the first page to the last it's lively, entertaining and highly informative. Most of all, it's great fun. My two sons and I took turns asking each other questions from this book as we drove across country last month. Over 2,500 miles and we almost hated for the trip to end. But it made it easy for us to look forward to the long drive back. Great book.
The best baseball book I've ever bought sight unseen. When I started leafing through it I couldn't believe my eyes. There are photos in here that I doubt even the Hall of Fame knows exist. A team picture of the 1890 Columbus Solons? And with all the players identified? But the photo and caption about the days when gloves still could be left on the field was my favorite. A really neat book.
I'm giving this book a 9.5 instead of a perfect 10 only because my wife is no longer speaking to me. She claims I've been on another planet ever since I got Nemec's latest. It's true. But then you have to be on another planet to keep up with Nemec. His evolutionary record lists and career leader lists alone make this book a steal at double its price.