Major Leagues: The Formation, Sometimes Absorption and Mostly Inevitable Demise of 18 Professional Baseball Organizations, 1871 to Pr

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New major leagues have sprung up throughout the history of baseball, both long-term successes (the American and National leagues) and the transitory, of which the Federal League (1914-15) and the Mexican League (1946) were two. Some leagues were born of noble motives (the Union Association, 1884, to abolish the reserve clause); others, farcical (the Global League, 1969). And many were stillborn, never playing that first inning (such as the Continental League, 1959-60). Here is their history and an analysis of the conditions that determined success or failure. Listed in Ron Kaplan's 501 Baseball Books Funs Must Read Before They Die

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David Pietrusza, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, has written numerous articles about baseball. He is also the author of Baseball's Canadian-American League (2005) and lives in Scotia, New York, not far from where the Can-Am League pounded out its hits.

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Since baseball's current National League succeeded the National Association in 1876, only one other league has stood the test of time. Pietrusza, a building space analyst and member of the Society for American Baseball Research, details the rise of both the National and American leagues. He also covers the failures of such leagues as the Players', Federal, Mexican, and the recent Global. David Q. Voigt's three-volume work ( American Baseball: From Gentleman's Sport to the Commissioner System , LJ 7/66; American Baseball: From the Commissioners to Continental Expansion , Univ. of Oklahoma, 1969; American Baseball: From Post war Expansion to the Electronic Age , Pennsylvania State Univ. Pr., 1983) and Harold Seymour's three-volume study ( Baseball: The Early Years, LJ 11/1/60; Baseball: The Golden Age , Oxford Univ. Pr., 1971; Baseball: The People's Game , LJ 7/90) remain the premier works. This well-researched and heavily illustrated book is a worthy, if pricey, shelf-mate appropriate for larger sports collections.
- Morey Berger, formerly with Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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