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Baseball and Cricket The Creation of American Team Sports, 1838-72

ISBN-10: 0252074459

ISBN-13: 9780252074455

Edition: 2007

Authors: George B. Kirsch

List price: $28.00
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How and why Americans chose baseball over its early rival, cricket, as the national pastimeGeorge B. Kirsch takes us back to amateur playing fields around the country to re-create the excitement of the early matches, the players, clubs, and their fans. As a narrative history,Baseball and Cricketplaces the growing popularity of the two sports within the social context of mid-nineteenth-century American cities. The book's comparative analysis follows baseball's transition from a leisure sport to a commercialized, professional enterprise and offers the first complete discussion of the early American cricket clubs. A volume in the series Sport and Society, edited by Benjamin G. Rader and Randy Roberts
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 3/12/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Preface
The Rise of Modern Ball Games
Early American Cricket
The Emergence of Baseball
Civil War Interlude
A National Game
Players
Clubs
Spectators
Baseball's Boom and Cricket's Survival
Baseball in Transition
Conclusion
Methodological Note
Bibliographical Note
Index