Traces the history of baseball, which was first played in a form resembling the modern game in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1846, and first played by professional players in 1869.
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Lawrence S. Ritter (1922-2004) was chairman of the Department of Finance at the Graduate School of Business Administration of New York University. He collaborated with fellow baseball historian Donald Honig on The Image of Their Greatness and The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time but is best known for The Glory of Their Times, one of the most famous sports books ever published.From School Library Journal:
In this updated version of his well-received title (Morrow, 1983), Ritter again mixes baseball history, nostalgia, and an explanation of the game's fundamentals into an enjoyable and informative read. Concentrating on the outstanding players of each era, the history of professional baseball is looked at in 20-year periods beginning in 1900 and concluding with the modern-day game. The second half of the book is devoted to an explanation of baseball fundamentals concerning the various physical and mental aspects of the game, such as pitching, hitting, fielding, and strategy. Black-and-white photographs from a variety of cited sources are liberally interspersed throughout. The updated edition is nearly 50% larger than the original, adding descriptions of the stars and events of the last seven years. Chapters on baserunning and signs and signals are also new. What makes this book stand out from others of its type is the inclusion of interesting quips, quotes, and anecdotes. Baseball has had more than its share of unusual characters and bizarre events, and Ritter's portrayals and descriptions are sure to please both young and old fans of the game. --Tom S. Hurlburt, Rio Rancho Public Library, NM
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Book Description W. Morrow, 1983. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX068801724X