Book Review: Why is the Foul Pole Fair?

Now that the World Series is over, its time for the offseason, and offseason related articles. One series I wanted start was book reviews. A list was posted earlier this month.

The first book in the series is Why is the Foul Pole Fair? written by Vince Staten.

I have read this book a few times, and I still list it as one of my favorite baseball books. I read it a few years ago, and everytime I read it, I learn new things about baseball. The book tells the story as the author takes his child out to a ballpark for a major league game. The narrative lasts the entire book and during it, he explains things about baseball you never thought off.

One of my favorites is when they enter the stadium, he talks about the history of the turnstile. The sub-title on the cover is misleading, it says that the book will answer 101 of the most perplxing baseball questions. It does ask a lot of perplexing questions, but its hard to tell how many because the questions are not numbered.

At times, the answers feel a bit random, but it is all really good. The Arizona Republic puts it in the best words “The Quintessential Baseball Book.” I highly recomend this book to anyone.

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