I received this book for Christmas in 1980. It's a chapter-by-chapter publication addressing all different facets of the game, from how to play to equipment to ballparks, famous players, baseball language, spring training, etc. It's compiled like a scrapbook, with not just photos but cartoons, boxscores and lists.
The book came out in 1980 and I took to it immediately. I didn't know it at the time but it blended together my love of writing and memorabilia. I put together scrapbooks of the 1981 and 1982 seasons and I used this book as a model for how those scrapbooks looked.
In the early 1980s, Thomas Boswell, the recently retired Washington Post writer, put out the first of a couple of collections called "How Life Imitates the World Series." The book spoke to a lot of people and to me, who always thought that you could draw comparisons between life and baseball.