Celebrate the wonder and excitement of America's game, from Spring Training to the World Series with THE LITTLE BIG BOOK OF BASEBALL. Relive the feelings of watching Mantle and Maris battle for the home-run record, sing old favorites like 'Joltin' Joe Dimaggio,' teach a new generation about greats like The Babe and The Georgia Peach, all while cooking up recipes from your favorite ballparks. THE LITTLE BIG BOOK OF BASEBALL is the perfect gift to give every fan, young and old. This outta-the-park book includes: * Literary Excerpts and Essays: Laugh along with Dave Barry, Bob Newhart, and George Carlin read about Jackie Robinson's first game with the Montreal Royals enjoy essays by Tom Brokaw, Bill Bryson, George Plimpton, Garrison Keillor, and Mike Lupica as well as excerpts from W.P. Kinsella's classic Shoeless Joe and Bernard Malamud's The Natural. * Legends, Leagues, and Lore: Learn the fascinating stories behind the All-American Girls League, the Negro Leagues, and Little League. Delight in the biographies of the game's finest, including Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, and Babe Ruth, as well as a tribute to pitchers throughout history. * Poetry: Revel in the poetry of the national game, with pieces from Ogden Nash, Ernest L. Thayer, E. Ethelbert Miller, Nobert Krapf - some of the country's best-loved poets. * Fun, Facts, and Trivia: Find out how the Brooklyn Dodgers got their name, which stadium has a swimming pool for fans, and when the Yankees first wore pinstripes. Impress your friends at the next barbecue with knowledge from the pages on Baseball Collectibles, Cooperstown, New York, and Wacky but True trivia. * Recipes: Make the best that our baseball stadiums have to offer including beer brats, crab cakes, pretzel twists, homemade cracker jack, honey roasted peanuts, and more! * Songs and Speeches: Be inspired all over again as you read speeches from your favorite players, old and new, like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, and Roberto Clemente. Then enjoy the classic songs of 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame,' 'Slide Kelly Slide,' as well as the lesser known songs, 'The Greatest,' and 'There Used to be a Ballpark.'