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Dead Ball: Major League Baseball Before Babe Ruth (The American Game)

Thomas Gilbert

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ISBN 10: 0531112624 / ISBN 13: 9780531112625
Published by Franklin Watts, 1996
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Title: Dead Ball: Major League Baseball Before Babe...

Publisher: Franklin Watts

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Gives the history of major-league baseball from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century.

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Gr. 8^-12. Professional baseball has its eras as well as seasons. Gilbert chronicles the first two decades of this century--the "dead-ball era," named for the less lively early ball, the dominance of such great pitchers as Cy Young and Walter Johnson, among others, and the low-scoring games that resulted. The American League made its debut at the beginning of these years; the World Series was established; and thousands of fans bought tickets for the many fine new ballparks that heralded baseball as a serious and respectable affair. This entry in the American Game series traces baseball's development in nine chapters, each opening with a thematic essay and moving to a year-by-year summary of important events, emerging stars, and pennant and World Series races. The text-heavy summaries wander, however, and overload on statistics, making the chapter-opening essays stand out as smoother. Lawrence Ritter's The Story of Baseball (1990) is a more readable and general treatment, but this is a good book for ardent and knowledgeable baseball enthusiasts interested in the historical aspect of the game. Black-and-white photos; source notes; bibliography; appendixes of teams and cities. Anne O'Malley

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