Play It Again: Baseball Experts on What Might Have Been

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Baseball fans who know the history of the game inside and out will find a wealth of intrigue in this book-not more history, but alternative history. What if Ty Cobb and Shoeless Joe Jackson had stood side by side in Cleveland's outfield? What if integration had taken place in the major leagues before 1947? Who would have won the World Series had strikes not shortened the 1994 season? A panel of experts was called upon to use their knowledge and imagination to write "what could have been" in the history of baseball. Newcomers to the topic of baseball history will also find the book captivating; these fictional accounts are set against the backdrop of actual occurrences. The history of baseball from 1869 to the controversial 2003 playoffs is literally rewritten in this compilation of fantasy scenarios. Fifty journalists, historians, authors and former baseball players were given free rein to second guess decisions and make predictions about baseball history as it could have been. Chapters explore this fantasy history of baseball by eras, such as the beginning of the game as a professional sport, the deadball era, war years, growth years, the modern game and its most recent decades. The author begins by introducing each panelist and concludes with an appendix that asks them to speculate on general questions, such as: Who might have entered the Hall of Fame, had they not experienced injuries or other roadblocks? A foreword is by Pete Palmer, journalist, author, and inventor of on-base plus slugging, now universally used as a good measure of batting strength.

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What if Ty Cobb and Shoeless Joe Jackson had stood side by side in Cleveland’s outfield? What if integration had taken place in the major leagues before 1947? Who would have won the World Series had a strike not shortened the 1994 season? In this compilation of fantasy scenarios, the history of baseball from 1869 to the controversial 2003 playoffs is literally rewritten by fifty journalists, historians, authors and former baseball players. Topics include playing for pay, Merkle’s Boner, rival leagues, the 1919 Series, Mickey Owens and the dropped strike, and integration. Chronologically organized, the experts take up the major events of each era and speculate on the long-and short-term outcomes had history followed a different, but still likely, course. The book concludes with an appendix in which the panel members hold forth on general-interest topics such as star-crossed players who might have gone on to Hall of Fame careers, the greatest big-game players, and World Series pairings.

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Broadcast journalist Jim Bresnahan is also the author of Revisioning the Civil War (2006). He lives in Lexington, Virginia.

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