Baseball: a History of America's Game

Baseball: a History of America's Game

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In this second edition of his lively, compact history of America's game - widely recognized as the best of its kind - Benjamin G. Rader expands his scope to include commentary on baseball in the 1990s: the building of retroparks, the return of the Yankees, the dizzying race for new home-run records, and other more

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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 161.54 x 235.71 x 25.91mm | 671.31g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0252027035
  • 9780252027031

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"Rader aims at giving his readers a framework of understanding; for those seeking deeper analysis, his bibliography makes suggestions. Even when arrayed against the rich competition created by recent publications, this title may still be the best brief history on offer." -- Choice "Compact, readable yet scholarly... New material on the subjects [Rader] calls 'The Empowerment of the Players,' 'The Demise of the Dynasties,' as well as the hitting barrage, the Latino invasion, the erection of retroparks and the history of the 90s." -- Richard B. Allen, CBA Record "An updated (through the 1999 season) version of his single-volume history of baseball, which includes a fine bibliographical essay." -- Scripps Howard News Service "An updated (through the 1999 season) version of [Rader's] excellent single-volume of baseball, which includes a fine bibliographical essay." -- The Sacramento Bee ADVANCE PRAISE "A grand slam... An entertaining, insightful history of the national pastime set within the context of major issues in American society... By far the finest one-volume history of America's game ever written." -- Larry R. Gerlach, author of The Men in Blue: Conversations with Umpires REVIEWS FROM FIRST EDITION "The best single-volume history of the sport... Tackles the business and organizational evolution of the professional game, while not losing sight of how it was played on the field." -- Warren Goldstein, Washington Post Book World "The search for a good compact history of baseball is over. This work, thoughtfully constructed to locate the national pastime within a rich social and economic context, is a model of historical synthesis... This reviewer does not know of a better history of baseball." -- Choice "Rich in detail, analysis, and insight ... Rader's slim book is a welcome addition to [baseball] literature." -- Jim Harper, Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives "Baseball reflects Rader's firm grasp of the best and latest scholarship and his insightful understanding of American sport history." -- Steve Gietschier, Sporting Newsshow more

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