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Baseball : A History of America's Favorite Game
by George Vecsey


Overview - "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.  Read more...


 
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Overview
"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 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

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  • ISBN-13: 9780812978704
  • ISBN-10: 0812978706
  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • Publish Date: March 2008
  • Page Count: 252
  • Dimensions: 7.96 x 5.54 x 0.61 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.43 pounds

Series: Modern Library Classics (Paperback)

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