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Finding the Hidden Ball Trick : The Colorful History of Baseball's Oldest Ruse, Paperback / softback Book

Finding the Hidden Ball Trick : The Colorful History of Baseball's Oldest Ruse Paperback / softback


The dying art of the hidden-ball trick dates back to the early days of pro baseball, with seven successful executions documented in 1876 alone.

This ruse occurs when a baseman conceals the ball instead of returning it to the pitcher.

When the runner steps off the base, he is summarily tagged out with the hidden ball.

The trick has been used some 264 times with success, a rarity roughly in the class of the no-hitter.

The hidden-ball trick has produced many hilarious stories throughout the years, and even enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in 2013 when it was employed twice late in the season.

In Finding the Hidden-Ball Trick: The Colorful History of Baseball's Oldest Ruse, every known execution of the hidden-ball trick in the major leagues is documented, compiled from decades of research.

This book recounts how the hidden-ball trick has completed triple plays, ended games, resulted in two arrests, cost a Hall of Famer a managing job, and even occurred in a World Series.

Stories include how Fred Merkle gained revenge on Johnny Evers, how Gary Carter was caught to end a game-on his birthday-and how Lou Boudreau was nabbed the day after saying the play was obsolete.

In addition to a complete chronological listing of every documented ruse, Finding the Hidden-Ball Trick also includes descriptions of tricks that went awry and a list of unsubstantiated accounts.

This unique compilation of baseball stories will be of interest to baseball scholars and fans alike.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 276 pages, 3 Tables, unspecified; 8 Halftones, black and white
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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  • Category: Baseball
  • ISBN: 9781442244337

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