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A. G. Spalding was a key figure in the professionalization and commercialization of American sports. Co-founder of baseball's National League, owner of the Chicago White Stockings (later Cubs), and founder of a sporting goods business that made him a millionaire, Spalding not only willed baseball to be our national pastime but also contributed to making sport a significant part of American life.
This biography captures the zest, flamboyance, and creativity of Albert Goodwell Spalding, a man of insatiable ego, a showman and entrepreneur, whose life illuminated the hopes and fears of 19th-century Americans. It is also a vivid evocation of the vanished world of 19th-century baseball, recreating a time when it was transformed from a game played on unkempt fields to modern style.
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Peter Levine is a Professor of History at Michigan State University.Review:
"As a study of Spalding's role in the emergence of professional sports, Levine's book is a valuable addition to a fast-growing area of scholarship."--American Historical Review
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Book Description U.S.A.: Oxford University Press, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition........ 6694 Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng. Seller Inventory # 4L-11B
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110195035526
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1985. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0195035526