Baseball A History of America's Favorite Game
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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," 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 possesses a journalist's eye for detail and a historian's feel for the sweep of action. His researchis 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 " "From the Hardcover edition."
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/11/2008
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
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|The First Entrepreneur|
|Columbus, Pocahontas, and Doubleday|
|The Black Sox|
|The Negro Leagues|
|Baseball Hits the Interstate|
|Free Agency Arrives|
|Why the Yankees Exist|
|The World Catches Up|
|Same Game, Yuppified|
|Who's in Charge?|