Baseball A History of America's Favorite Game

ISBN-10: 0679643389
ISBN-13: 9780679643388
Edition: 2006
Authors: George Vecsey
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Description: " Football is force and fanatics, basketball is beauty and bounce. Baseball is everything: action, grace, the seasons of our lives. George Vecsey' s book proves it, without wasting a word." - Lee Eisenberg, author of "The Number" In "Baseball,"  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/15/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

" Football is force and fanatics, basketball is beauty and bounce. Baseball is everything: action, grace, the seasons of our lives. George Vecsey' s book proves it, without wasting a word." - Lee Eisenberg, author of "The Number" In "Baseball," one of the great bards of America' s Grand Old Game gives a rousing account of the sport, from its pre-Republic roots to the present day. George Vecsey casts a fresh eye on the game, illuminates its foibles and triumphs, and performs a marvelous feat: making a classic story seem refreshingly new. "Baseball" is a narrative of America' s can-do spirit, in which stalwart immigrants such as Henry Chadwick could transplant cricket and rounders into the fertile American culture and in which die-hard unionist baseballers such as Charles Comiskey and Connie Mack could eventually become the tightfisted avatars of the game' s big-money establishment. It' s a celebration of such underdogs as a rag-armed catcher turned owner named Branch Rickey and a sure-handed fielder named Curt Flood, both of whom flourished as true great men of history. But most of all, "Baseball "is a testament to the unbreakable bond between our nation' s pastime and the fans, who' ve remained loyal through the fifty-year-long interdict on black athletes, the Black Sox scandal, franchise relocation, and the use of performance-enhancing drugs by some major stars. Reverent, playful, and filled with Vecsey' s charm, "Baseball "begs to be read in the span of a rain-delayed doubleheader, and so enjoyable that, like a favorite team' s championship run, one hopes it never ends. " Vecsey possessesa journalist' s eye for detail and a historian' s feel for the sweep of action. His research is scrupulous and his writing crisp. This book is an instant classic-- -- a highly readable guide to America' s great enduring pastime." -- "The Louisville Courier Journal "

Six degrees
Berbers with bats
The first entrepreneur
Columbus, Pocahontas, and Doubleday
Growing pains
The black sox
The Babe
Mr. Rickey
The Negro leagues
Radio days
War
Jackie Robinson
Baseball hits the interstate
Free agency arrives
Why the Yankees exist
The world catches up
Same game, yuppified
Who's in charge?
Four scandals
October exorcisms

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