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BASEBALL ARCHAEOLOGY: ARTIFACTS FROM THE GREAT AMERICAN PASTIME.

Wills, Bret. (Photographs) Aldridge, Gwen. (Text)

ISBN 10: 0811802906 / ISBN 13: 9780811802901
Published by CHRONICLE BOOKS., SAN FRANCISCO, 1993
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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An oversize Paperback Original. Close to fine in pictorial glossy covers. Illustrated in full-color throughout. (Mild reading crease at edge of front cover & spine) Features numerous photos of baseball memorabilia. (B). Bookseller Inventory # 24395

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Title: BASEBALL ARCHAEOLOGY: ARTIFACTS FROM THE ...

Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS., SAN FRANCISCO

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Here is the "real stuff" of baseball, the objects of a fan's obsession, those things that fire the imagination and trigger memories of unforgettable moments in games gone by. Ty Cobb's spikes, Lou Gehrig's glove, Babe Ruth's bat, Mickey Mantle's jersey, and more than 200 other genuine articles are featured in this delightful tribute to the game and to the players that forged its colorful history, from the early days to the modern era.
Like an archaeologist digging for the remnants of earlier civilizations, photographer Bret Wills has unearthed amazing artifacts, including often overlooked memorabilia that are inextricably tied to the allure of a day at the ballpark: ticket stubs and press passes, an umpire's broom, a turnstile from a demolished stadium, a scorecard from the 1907 World Series, a scoreboard numeral, and much more.
These objects and their stories provide an evocative journey through the great moments of baseball, as well as a fascinating look at the evolution of the game and its equipment.
It's all here - the heart and soul of major league baseball, the legends and lore, the bats and masks and gloves that helped shape America's favorite pastime.

From Publishers Weekly:

This handsome collection of baseball artifacts from 1880 onward is a treat for the baseball aficionado. A focus on equipment explains, for instance, that early gloves "were not used for catching, but to stop the ball with the least amount of pain possible." Most equipment surprisingly doesn't change much: the 1885 catcher's mask is remarkably similar to the 1988 model. The baseball itself evolves from a nonresilient "deadball" to a springier "rabbit ball." There are profiles of bygone leagues, including the Negro Leagues, and a sidebar on Moe Berg, the legendary intellectual but weak-hitting catcher whose spy activities won him the Medal of Freedom. There are, however, several miscues. The author says that New York's Polo Grounds "at its peak" held approximately 34,000 fans, whereas the real number was closer to 55,000. A pennant is said to belong to the "1958 Brooklyn Dodgers," while 1958 was the Dodgers' first year in Los Angeles. Aside from these errors, this is indeed a welcome dig into baseball's colorful past. Aldridge is a creative director for an advertising agency and Wills is an advertising photographer.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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