Ask Hal

Answers to Fans' Most Interesting Questions About Baseball Rules from a Hall-of-Fame Sportswriter

Hal Lebovitz


A fun and fact-filled collection of baseball Q&As from a legendary sportswriter and rules expert. The popular “Ask Hal” column ran for decades in “The Plain Dealer” and “The Sporting News,” answering fans questions about serious, goofy, and bizarre situations on the playing field. This best-of collection is for fans who love to “know it all.”

Softcover / 181 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 in. / ISBN 9781598510348


“Very few writers (or broadcasters for that matter) know the rules of the games they cover as Hal Lebovitz did.” — Bob Costas

A fun and fact-filled collection of baseball Q&As from a legendary sportswriter and rules expert.

Think it couldn’t happen on a baseball field? It probably did! Just ask Hal. Hal Lebovitz reigned as a leading expert on baseball rules for more than four decades. From 1957 until his death in 2005, Hal answered readers’ questions about sports in his popular “Ask Hal” newspaper column. Baseball provided the most frequent questions—and often the most curious and confounding ones. But Hal was never stumped.

Many questions came from real situations—Little League, church-league softball, major league games—even the World Series. (National TV broadcasters even called him at home live during the World Series for opinions about on-field rulings) Some came straight from fans’ vivid imaginations. Either way, there was always an answer, and Hal had it.

This book collects the best and most entertaining questions and answers about baseball rules from four decades of “Ask Hal.” Flip to any page and you’ll find a question that might spark a lively debate at any dinner table or settle a bet at the local tavern. How many can you answer? A book for fans who love to “know it all.”

Additional information

Weight0.5 lbs

Table of Contents

Foreword by Les Levine

1. Baseball Basics

2. At the Plate

3. On the Paths

4. On the Mound

5. Safe or Out?

6. For the Defense

7. Seventh-Inning Stretch

8. Trumped Umps

9. The Errors of Their Ways

Extra Innings

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