Used price: $65.00
Buy one from zShops for: $69.87
But don't get me wrong, this is not a cookbook. It does teach a fair amount of "Chemistry". But it's able to show the reader why the theories are relevant and how to apply them. The solutions are presented in the context of the problems, not the other way around, like most text books.
mixed signal test. This book delivers all the nesessery information for a mixed signal test Eng. It explains all
issues very simple and because of so many example it is
very useful even for not-experienced people.
Used price: $10.74
Buy one from zShops for: $14.54
List price: $24.95 (that's 30% off!)
Used price: $9.25
Buy one from zShops for: $14.00
Used price: $6.00
Used price: $22.95
Buy one from zShops for: $22.36
List price: $11.99 (that's 10% off!)
Used price: $2.25
Buy one from zShops for: $2.77
Used price: $7.00
Collectible price: $14.95
Buy one from zShops for: $7.98
List price: $50.00 (that's 20% off!)
Used price: $18.85
Collectible price: $30.69
Buy one from zShops for: $13.95
Linda F. Radke, author of "Linda F. Radke's Promote Like a Pro" Five Star Publications, Inc./Publishers Support Services
Used price: $3.25
Buy one from zShops for: $4.00
Sixty-three years after this book originally came out to celebrate baseball's 100th anniversary, a strong case can still be made that Gordon S. Cochrane of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, dubbed "Mickey" by a Pacific Coast League owner who wanted a Boston Irishman for promotional purposes, was the greatest catcher of all time.
Never mind the inebriated Cochrane-sucker ingrate who spurned Ty Cobb's generosity during the 1960 Hall of Fame ceremonies in the Tommie Lee Jones movie. In 1939, he appears to have been very much in love with the game and with life, if this book is any indication (though, in fact, he had already suffered a nervous breakdown and from a wild pitch that had fractured his skull). He couldn't have known it at the time, but when Mutt Mantle's son was born eight years earlier, his father already had a baseball future in mind for him, and young Mantle was indeed named after the Philadelphia A's star catcher.
This book will teach you almost all of what you need to know to be a successful major league catcher-manager. Almost? Well, as the author informs us, he could always hit, and he always knew that he could hit, no matter what league he was playing in. So there's not a tremendous amount of hitting instruction contained in this book, and the reader will gain more from it, if, like the author, he is ALREADY naturally able to hit .300 against big-league pitching (Cochrane's lifetime batting average was .320).
Such hitting instruction as there is in this book might be more entertaining than helpful. On the one hand, he urges, "Take a strike. Take two strikes to get the ball you want to hit.". But at another point, he remarks that when you are facing a pitcher with good control, first-ball swinging, rather than allowing oneself to fall behind on the count, sometimes produces rallies.
He's mildly contradicting himself with his hitting advice, certainly, and that's to be expected when someone tries to give instruction on something that he can do naturally and instinctively.
But we are reminded that all hitters, even the greatest, will have bouts of sustained failure.
"Batting slumps are about as pleasant as an income-tax threat or the threat of a truant officer over a small boy's head. At some time or other, all ball players meet 'Miss Slump' in person. Base hits become as alien as beef stew in the tropics."
Damn, if only we still lived in a world where people in general and ballplayers in particular talked like this!
But in an era that preceded the designated hitter, Cochrane had to play some position in the field that would get his bat in the lineup, even though he also suggests that if you can hit, they will always find a place for you. Still, long hours of hard work to turn himself from a hopeless catcher to a great one show in his detailed instruction.
Catcher was always my favorite position because the catcher guards the last outpost that must be reached by a hostile opposing base runner before he scores a run. My greatest moment on the sandlot involved leaping up high to snare a wild throw and then tagging a would-be tying run out at home plate. And Mickey naturally pays great homage to this aspect of a catcher's job. Get in front of every throw! Block the base runner off, if you can! And if you have to move away from the plate to receive the throw, dive at the plate with the ball, not at the base runner.
How unchanging is the game? Well, there are passages in this book that will raise some eyebrows with their familiarity. The defensive "shift" that opposing players put on for Babe Ruth seems to greatly resemble not only the later "Ted Williams" shift but the one imposed against a contemporary baseball giant, whose name is often mentioned in connection with Ruth's.
And thirty-three years before the American League established the designated hitter rule as a means of replacing weak-hitting pitchers in the lineup with regular hitters, Cochrane - explaining why he and his contemporary American League managers disdain the sacrifice bunt early in the game - declares that the American League is the league of the "big inning", where if one run is going to beat you, you might as well concede the game before you leave the clubhouse.
This is historical evidence that the American League's contemporary reputation as an offense-happy league doesn't stem from its relatively recent predilection for designated hitters and Astro Turf ballparks, but rather that these changes were adopted as a result of a pre-existing pro-offense philosophy
But there are noticeable differences between the baseball eras too, of course. Cochrane informs the aspiring manager that his four best pitchers must start but that he needs two good relievers, as well. He's not anticipating an age of specialization where a team will carry as many relievers as starters, where the relievers will have varying specializations, and where a "closer" who throws for one inning to finish a game can possess "star" luster, equal to that of the starter.
Mickey would have reached his 100th birthday next April 6 if cancer had not taken him in 1962, and this book is also proof that, regardless of experience and expertise, you never live long enough to see everything that can take place in a baseball game.
Referring back to the catcher's Horatio-like role as the final barrier between the runner and home plate, Cochrane declares, "No one has yet made a putout without the ball." Begorrah Mickey, if you could have only lived long enough to see the 1970 World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Baltimore Orioles, you would have seen Oriole catcher, Elrod Hendricks, do just that to Bernie Carbo. Thanks for this and for all of your contributions, me bucko!
Used price: $9.74
Collectible price: $8.47
However, the overall enjoyment of the book is hampered somewhat by the shameful job performed by the publisher (Doubleday). ICE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD feels like it's printed on two-ply paper towels shoved between dry cleaning shirt cardboards which serve as the cover. You worry something must be wrong with the book because the publisher did such a cost cutting - dismissive job in producing it.