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Diamonds Are A Man's Best Friend

An ode to major league legends, Ogden Nash's famous poetry collection (originally published in 1949 by Sport magazine) celebrates the greatest baseball players of the 19th and early 20th century with newfound energy through illustrations by C. F. Payne.

With his signature wordplay and brevity, Nash muses about 24 captivating characters in individual four-line poems. Each poem is accompanied by colorful biographical notes written by Nash's daughter, Linell Nash Smith. A masterful mix of poetry and pictures, each athletic spread brings bygone players to life in this updated classic for a new generation of devoted fans. Printed in Italy.

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20909
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100% recycled paper label stock
Measurements
56 pages; 11" L x 9.75" W

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LINEUP FOR YESTERDAY
 
4.8

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Well written (38)
  • Deserves multiple readings (30)
  • Informative (26)
  • Easy to understand (25)
  • Broad appeal (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gift (47)
  • Older readers (21)
  • Younger readers (14)
  • Reference (9)
  • Travel reading (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Bookworm (20), Casual reader (19), Everyday reader (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (37)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Husband (14), Other (12), Father (11)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (21), Birthday (10), Father’s day (4), Other (3)

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fans of legendary baseball

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from Circle Pines, mn

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Reference

    Comments about LINEUP FOR YESTERDAY:

    This book was delivered in a timely manner and arrived before my husband's birthday. He loves legendary baseball and is a big collector of baseball memorabilia. I usually avoid trying to find something in this category because he knows the value of most items, and I don't. This book is like a coffee table book and fit the bill perfectly. He loves this book and enjoys sharing it with friends.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Husband
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday

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    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Memory lane

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    from Santa Barbara, CA

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Understand
    • Informative
    • Inspires Memories
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Baseball fans
      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Younger Readers

      Comments about LINEUP FOR YESTERDAY:

      I loved this book the moment I saw the cover. I got it for my Dad who has loved baseball since he was a little boy on a farm in Oregon and he would listen to baseball games on the radio before his family had a TV.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Father
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Birthday

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      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Gift

      By 

      from College Station, TX

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      Pros

      • Easy To Understand
      • Informative
      • Well Written

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bseball Lover
        • Gift

        Comments about LINEUP FOR YESTERDAY:

        My husband loves baseball. He got the book and went through it quickly. Then I found him sitting down and reading it through again. He also said he is going back and spending more time with it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Husband
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Valentine’s Day

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        (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good

        By 

        from MN

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        Pros

        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Informative
        • Well Written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift

          Comments about LINEUP FOR YESTERDAY:

          Nice gift for a father.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Other
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Christmas or Hanukkah

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          (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great gift for baseball fan

          By 

          from New England

          About Me Bookworm

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          Pros

          • Broad Appeal
          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Understand
          • More History For Baseball
          • Well Written

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about LINEUP FOR YESTERDAY:

              Great Xmas gift for my baseball obsessed husband. He said he enjoyed the read as well as learning about historic players he didn't know about previously.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Husband
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Christmas or Hanukkah

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great gift for the baseball lover.

              By 

              from West Fargo, ND

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              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Easy To Understand
              • Informative
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift

                Comments about LINEUP FOR YESTERDAY:

                I purchased this book as a gift for my brother who is a die-hard baseball fan. I can't wait to get his reaction to it :D

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Other
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                2nd purchase of this item

                By 

                from Toronto, OH

                About Me Bookworm

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                Pros

                • Broad Appeal
                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Easy To Understand
                • Well Written

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

                • Gift
                • Older Readers
                • Younger Readers

                Comments about LINEUP FOR YESTERDAY:

                Purchased this as a gift and liked it so much, I also purchased one for myself.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Self

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                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Gorgeous book

                By 

                from Detroit

                About Me Everyday Reader

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                Pros

                • Beautiful artwork
                • Creative Idea For The Boo
                • Well Written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift

                  Comments about LINEUP FOR YESTERDAY:

                  I bought this for my dad for his birthday. He's a baseball nut. Its a very cute take on baseball players throughout history. The artwork is gorgeous and the poems very clever. Highly recommended for any life-long baseball fan.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Father
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Birthday

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Book

                  By 

                  from Tallahassee, Fl

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                  Pros

                  • Deserves Multiple Readings
                  • Easy To Understand
                  • Informative
                  • Well Written

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gift
                    • Older Readers
                    • Younger Readers

                    Comments about LINEUP FOR YESTERDAY:

                    I got this for my husband who is a huge baseball fan. We are expecting a daughter in November and I thought this would be a great way for him to share his love of baseball with her instead of reading books he didn't like. He immediately looked through the entire book and "oohed" over all the cool facts and little rhymes. Ogden Nash is the best and the illustrations in this book are awesome!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Husband
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Other

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                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A Fan Favorite My husband turned 89 and

                    By 

                    from highland in.46322

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                    Pros

                    • Deserves Multiple Readings

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Older Readers

                      Comments about LINEUP FOR YESTERDAY:

                      Wonderful gift for a baseball fan

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Husband
                      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                      • Birthday

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                      When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                      118votes, 23 comments

                      Stacy
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      China=NO

                      Sanriobaby
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Like the idea behind this, but would love to see a sample of the poetry before purchasing.

                      susie
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      ditto- China NO!

                      Katrina
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      I would definitely buy this. The art looks really beautiful, if the cover is any indication.

                      Seneca
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      I like the idea and agree that a sample of the poetry would be a nice touch in deciding.

                      jen
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      It seems like the market for people who love baseball and poetry is really specific...

                      Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                      Hello, Voters! Thanks for all of your great feedback. This book features a famous collection of short poems by Ogden Nash. The poems are alphabetical, with each letter representing a player or players. For example "G is for Gehrig, The Pride of the Stadium; His record pure gold, His courage, pure radium."

                      Leese
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Looks like a great gift for anyone who loves Baseball. Nice to have something literary to buy/give.

                      Sherry
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Great gift for the baseball fans.

                      trisha
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      great fathers day gift idea. price is right too.

                      Christy
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      Too bad it's made in China.

                      andrea
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      not for me.

                      Anna
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Such awesome illustrations to go along with these poems.

                      NM
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Unique gift for baseball fans

                      Grandma B
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      I'll buy this as a gift for my husband to add to his Ogden Nash collection.

                      Pat
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      Although I would not buy it for myself, it could be an appreciated gift for an Ogden Nash fan.

                      Donna
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Unique gift for the baseball lovers.

                      Kat
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      No - made in China.

                      Kathleen
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Baseball lovers would love to have this, at a great price also.

                      Lockie
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Cute, inexpensive gift for baseball fans.

                      Jessica
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      A cool gift and not too pricey

                      Laurie

                      Nice for a rec room or sports fan.

                      denise

                      nice for the spoirts lover

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