Hill: Wordsmith Goldberg-Strassler crafts a gem of a baseball book

From SABR member Benjamin Hill at MiLB.com on January 17, 2013, with SABR member Jesse Goldberg-Strassler:

Throughout the course of its long, rich and ever-evolving history, baseball has developed a language all its own. As a result, there are always creative ways to express one’s self.

For example, one could simply say, “The pitcher threw a curveball and the batter hit it over the fence.” But the more creative linguists among us could turn that simple phrase into “The hurlester buggywhipped a snapdragon and the swatsmith manhandled it beyond the rampart.” That latter example, while perhaps just a bit ridiculous, was constructed with the help of Jesse Goldberg-Strassler’s The Baseball Thesaurus. This book — available in paperback as well as a fully searchable Kindle edition — is an alphabetized romp through the baseball lexicon peppered with quirky anecdotes, vintage photos and memorable quotes.

In an email interview, Goldberg-Strassler, currently the broadcaster for the Lansing Lugnuts, took the time to explain The Baseball Thesaurus origin story, its intended audience and the etymology of one of its most obscure entries.

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Originally published: January 17, 2013. Last Updated: January 17, 2013.