Baseball and Cricket

Baseball and Cricket : The Creation of American Team Sports, 1838-72

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How and why Americans chose baseball over its early rival, cricket, as the national pastime George B. Kirsch takes us back to amateur playing fields around the country to re-create the excitement of the early matches, the players, clubs, and their fans. As a narrative history, Baseball and Cricket places the growing popularity of the two sports within the social context of mid-nineteenth-century American cities. The book's comparative analysis follows baseball's transition from a leisure sport to a commercialized, professional enterprise and offers the first complete discussion of the early American cricket clubs. A volume in the series Sport and Society, edited by Benjamin G. Rader and Randy Robertsshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 22mm | 458.13g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0252074459
  • 9780252074455
  • 512,767

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"Kirsch's account is highly engaging and quite edifying. . . . His analysis is keen, his prose readable, and his thesis fascinating. . . . Kirsch rescues from dusty archives the names of the important cricket teams (or rather clubs), their lineups, their statistics, and wonderfully vivid accounts of critical cricket matches that help provide a contemporary American audience scantly familiar with the game a sense of its excitement, its attraction."--Aethlon "A unique comprehensive history of America's first organized team sports. Focusing on New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Newark, Kirsch is the first to combine a history and analysis of baseball and cricket, showing the unique relationship between the two, and their places in urban history. . . . This is a major work in the field of sport history." --Choiceshow more

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