The panorama of baseball is unfolded in this book's sprightly words and lively photos many published for the first time against a background of historical turning points. From primitive stickball games played in village squares during the American Revolution to the refined professional sport of the mid-1980s, baseball has continually mirrored the American scene.
Baseball's triumphant moments are featured here: the high spots of every season from the 1858 contest between the New York Knickerbockers and the Brooklyn Atlantics, to the 1985 world championship campaign of the Kansas City Royals; the constant setting of new records, including Hank Aaron's overtaking of Babe Ruth and Pete Rose's outnumbering of Ty Cobb; and the brilliant leadership of the game's statesmen such as Ban Johnson and Branch Rickey. But baseball's headaches and coping strategies, successful or unsuccessful, get due attention. The game has weathered wars, depressions, and such social changes as immigration, urbanization, unionization, and integration that have called for agonizing but finally effective adjustments. Technological changes like floodlighting and astroturf have required even tougher adjustments by players, and the staggering riches brought by television are a bonanza that players, managers, and owners are still learning to live with.
Unlike some pessimistic observers, Voigt remains convinced that organized baseball will meet its current challenges with its historic fortitude. In this book he offers entertainment and food for thought to both new and seasoned fans.
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David Quentin Voigt is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. He was a consultant to the recent PBS series 'American Baseball' and is the author of several books on baseball, including The League That Failed: Big League Baseball in the 1890s (Penn State Press, forthcoming).Review:
If you can afford only one general baseball history book for your library, I would recommend this one. Voigt is one of the game s leading historians. --Baseball America
A terrific gift item for any fan, you may also consider it for youngsters who have shown a rooting interest in the game. They'll love the pictures and grow into the words, gaining valuable insights, not the least of which will be that baseball writing is not necessarily pap. --Major League Monthly
This is the one book to buy if you are buying only one baseball history. --Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine
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Book Description Pennsylvania State University, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110271004347
Book Description Pennsylvania State University Press, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0271004347