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Exhibition Baseball Americana

Joe Morgan and Richard Lally. Baseball for Dummies. Hoboken: Wiley and Sons, 2014. General Collections, Library of Congress (018.00.00)

Explaining Baseball, 146 Years after Haney’s

Although baseball has often been called “a game for children,” no one masters the rules, much less strategy and tactics, overnight. Most baseball knowledge in the United States comes through ubiquitous exposure to it in childhood. If that takes too long, or for those who missed the experience, guidebooks such as Baseball for Dummies are part of a long publishing tradition that began with Haney’s, offering both the basics and current insider tips, such as the best seats in the stadium for catching balls.