A. G. Spalding and the Rise of Baseball The Promise of American Sport

ISBN-10: 0195042204
ISBN-13: 9780195042207
Edition: 1985
Authors: Peter Levine
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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/11/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 199
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440

A. G. Spalding was a key figure in the professionalization and commercialization of American sports. Co-founder of baseball's National League, owner of the Chicago White Stockings (later Cubs), and founder of a sporting goods business that made him a millionaire, Spalding not only willed baseball to be our national pastime but also contributed to making sport a significant part of American life. This biography captures the zest, flamboyance, and creativity of Albert Goodwell Spalding, a man of insatiable ego, a showman and entrepreneur, whose life illuminated the hopes and fears of 19th-century Americans. It is also a vivid evocation of the vanished world of 19th-century baseball, recreating a time when it was transformed from a game played on unkempt fields to modern style.

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