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This entertaining history blends anecdote, incident, and analysis as it chronicles the story of our national pastime. Alexander covers the advent of the first professional baseball leagues, the game's surge in the early twentieth century, the Golden Twenties and the Gray Thirties, the breaking of the color line in the late forties, and the game's expansion to its current status as the premier team sport. He describes changing playing styles and outstanding teams and personalities but also demonstrates the many connections between baseball--as game, sport, and business--and the evolution of tastes, values, and institutions in the United States.
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CHARLES C. ALEXANDER, formerly a distinguished professor of history at Ohio University, is the author of a number of books, including Our Game: An American Baseball History and the celebrated biographies Ty Cobb and John McGraw.From Library Journal:
Recent histories of baseball have ranged in scope from the cultural considerations of Harold Seymour's Baseball: The People's Game ( LJ 7/90), to the anecdotal reflections of John Bowman and Joel Zoss's Diamonds in the Rough ( LJ 12/89), to the biographical recollections of Gerald Astor's The Baseball Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book ( LJ 10/1/88). Alexander's work combines elements of all three perspectives in an effort to trace the evolution of the game as a sport, business, and social institution. Principal attention is given to the origins of the various leagues and franchises, major scandals, the reserve clause controversy, the breaking of the color line, and preeminent teams, owners, and players. The result is a commendable blend of people and events, particularly suited to libraries seeking a single-volume history of the game. For a roundup of new and forthcoming baseball books see "Spring Baseball Lineup," LJ 2/15/91.--Ed .
- William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., Fla.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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