Amazing Aaron to Zero Zippers: An Introduction to Baseball History

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Foreword by Jim Palmer. An A-to-Z compendium of the greatest players, teams, and events in baseball history, by 16-year-old by blogger Matt Nadel. Over 50 iconic photographs from the Baseball Hall of Fame archives. 7 1/2x9 1/4" 112pp pbk. pub 3/23/15.
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Continuing the momentum he has built up with his highly popular baseball history blog on, Matt Nadel has written his first book, an A-to-Z compendium of the best players and teams, the greatest triumphs, and the biggest homers, strikeouts, and even errors in the history of the game.  It is jam-packed with tons of stats and quick facts, and includes more than 50 iconic photos from the archives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The book also features a foreword by Hall of Famer and Baltimore Orioles broadcaster Jim Palmer.

Whether you are a long-time fan looking to enhance your baseball experience, or a kid or parent in need of Baseball 101, Amazing Aaron to Zero Zippers is fun and fast way to learn about the National Pastime.

The author is donating all his proceeds from the book to four baseball-related charities: ALS, Turn Two, Jackie Robinson Foundation, and The Hall of Fame.

In his rookie year, Jackie hit 12 home runs and helped the Dodgers win the pennant. That year, Robinson led the League in

Introduction by Matt Nadel

A - Amazing Aaron: Hank Aaron

B - Booming Babe: Babe Ruth

C - Cantankerous Cobb: Ty Cobb

D - Dynamic Dodgers: The Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers

E - Excruciating Errors: Famous Errors in Baseball History

F - Fabulous Fields: From Fenway and Wrigley to Astroturf

G - Golden Gloves: The Greatest Defensive Players Ever

H - Hallowed Hall: The Baseball Hall of Fame

I - Incredible Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig

J - Juggernaut Johnson: Walter Johnson

K - Kings of K: The Game's Greatest Strikeout Artists

L - Legendary Legs: The Greatest Base Stealers Ever

M - Magnificient Mays: Willie Mays

N - No Comparison New York Yankees: The Yankees Dynasty

O - Outstanding Outsiders: The Legacy of the Negro Leagues

P - Picture Perfect: Perfect Games

Q - Quotable Quotes: Famous Baseball Quotes

R - Revolutionary Robinson: Jackie Robinson

S - Super Shots: Legendary Home Runs

T - Triumphant Trifectas: Triple Crown Winners

U - Underdog Upsets: Major Upsets in Baseball History

V - Vigorous Victors: Some of the Most Successful Pitchers Ever

W - World Series Wows: The Best from the Fall Classic

X - Exciting Extras: Amazing Extra Inning Games

Y - Yeoman Young: Cy Young

Z - Zero Zippers: A Brief History of Baseball Uniforms

Appendix: Timeline - The biggest events, achievements, and personalities over the years.


One of the most revolutionary people in baseball history was Babe Ruth, but there is someone much more revolutionary than him. This someone changed the game forever and integrated not just baseball, but all of sports and helped push forward the civil rights movement in the United States.

Jack (Jackie) Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia. Robinson’s older brother, Matthew, inspired Jackie to pursue his talent and love for athletics. Matthew won a silver medal in the 200-meter dash, just behind Jesse Owens, at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany.

From 1942 to 1944, Jackie served as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. He never saw combat, but he was arrested and court-martialed when he didn’t want to move to the back of a segregated bus during training. The courage that he showed then against racial segregation would ultimately impact Robinson in Major League Baseball too.

After the Army, in 1944, Robinson began to play pro baseball, but because the sport was segregated (where whites and blacks were separated), he began playing in the Negro Leagues, a league for African-Americans. Jackie though was soon brought in by Branch Rickey, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, to help integrate Major League Baseball. He first joined the Montreal Royals, a Dodgers farm team, in 1946. Many people in the crowds jeered at Robinson, and he and his family received threats, however, despite all this, Robinson had a great beginning with the Royals, leading the International League, while batting .349. His excellent year led to his promotion to the major league Dodgers.

Jackie’s debut game in the MLB, on April 15, 1947, was the first time ever that an African-American athlete played Major League Baseball. Truly a monumentally historic event!! The discrimination didn’t stop in the majors, but there were those who defended Jackie, including Jewish baseball star Hank Greenberg and Dodgers shortstop and team captain Pee Wee Reese. One day, while fans harassed Robinson during a game, Reese walked over to him and put his arm around Jackie, a gesture that has become legendary in baseball history. The picture is even more iconic.

In his rookie year, Jackie hit 12 home run

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