Josh Leventhal Baseball Yesterday & Today

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Baseball Yesterday & Today

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9780760326466: Baseball Yesterday & Today

Baseball’s yesterdays add up to more than a list of statistics and records. This is America’s game, and in its distant images and shining moments we find something of ourselves the national past in the national pastime. That past - from its origins as a pastoral game in open country fields to the meeting of historic rivals in historic venues televised across the world - comes alive here in the light of baseball as we know it today. Side-by-side imagery and stories show readers the game as it is, and as it was, how it has changed, and how, in many ways, it remains forever the same. Vintage photographs and memorabilia set beside modern color action shots illustrate baseball yesterday and today from the look of a typical major leaguer to the architecture of the ballpark, from the equipment and facilities over the generations to the fan’s experience at the game. Informative captions by noted baseball writer and editor Josh Leventhal help tell the story of how the game has changed, and remained the same, over the decades. 

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Baseball is a game full of history and tradition, and one that is forever . As ballparks come and go, records get broken and broken again, and new generations of players revolutionize the game, baseball pundits and casual observers are forever comparing the teams, players, and accomplishments of today with those of yesteryear. And through it all, baseball remains the national pastime.

 

With a cornucopia of photos and other illustrations, Baseball Yesterday & Today presents the ballplayers and ballparks from 150 years of baseball history to highlight how the game of today compares with baseball’s so-called glory days—how it has changed and how it has stayed the same. Side-by-side imagery and stories provide a glimpse into the experience of watching and playing baseball through the decades.

 

Josh Leventhal is the best-selling author of Take Me Out to the Ballpark, Baseball...The Perfect Game, Baseball and the Meaning of Life, and The World Series: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Fall Classic.

 

From Elysian Fields to U.S. Cellular Field, Wee Willie Keeler to Randy “Big Unit” Johnson, Black Sox to BALCO, and Sisler to Suzuki, Baseball Yesterday & Today is a unique journey through the history of America’s pastime.

 

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The game of baseball has seen countless changes over nearly two centuries of history—from overhand pitching to retractable-roof stadiums—yet its nineteenth-century origins are still evident in the twenty-first-century game. The one-on-one showdowns between pitcher and batter, the teamwork of nine men in the field, the game-winning hits and heart-breaking losses, and the legendary stars and unknown heroes have forever defined the drama and intrigue of our national pastime.

 

This lavishly illustrated history highlights the ballparks and the ballplayers, the record-shattering feats and game-changing strategies that have kept baseball fans enchanted for generations. Through historic illustrations and modern-day photography, Baseball Yesterday & Today showcases the progression of the playing field, the teams, the players, the all-time all-stars, and the behind-the-scenes wizards who have helped to transform the game over more than 150 years.

 

Josh Leventhal is the best-selling author of Take Me Out to the Ballpark, Baseball...The Perfect Game, Baseball and the Meaning of Life, and The World Series: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Fall Classic.

 

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