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Primitive Baseball: The First Quarter Century of the National Pastime

Frommer, Harvey

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ISBN 10: 0689115679 / ISBN 13: 9780689115677
Published by U.S.A.: Atheneum, 1988
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Harvey Frommer captures the flavor, the smell, the craziness of these early days of baseball. The gamblers-the game-fixing, the racism, players vs. the owners, blacklisting of "bad" types and so much more. Both the non price clipped Dust Jacket and the book are in very good condition. I have hundreds of books on the history of baseball in stock. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-16964231351

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Title: Primitive Baseball: The First Quarter ...

Publisher: U.S.A.: Atheneum

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Traces the first twenty-five years of the National League, from 1876 to 1900, and follows the early development of baseball from its status as a local game to its acceptance as the national pastime

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Frommer, author of more than 20 sports books, looks at America's favorite pastime as it became truly national in the period between the 1869 tour of the first professional team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, and the great Boston Beaneater and Baltimore Oriole teams of the 1890s. He discusses such events as the founding of the National League in 1876, which effectively took control of the game from the players and gave it to the owners, and the establishment of the American League in 1900. He also captures the spirit of the game, rife with gambling, the sale of alcohol at ball parks and the tinkering with such rules as the number of balls required for a walk or the distance of the mound from home plate. There are also observations on playing fields, umpires, equipment, uniforms.
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