A. G. Spalding and the Rise of Baseball
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A. G. Spalding and the Rise of Baseball : The Promise of American Sport

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A. G. Spalding was a key figure in the professionalization and commercialization of American sports. Co-founder of baseball's National League, owner of the Chicago White Stockings (later Cubs), and founder of a sporting goods business that made him a millionaire, Spalding not only willed baseball to be our national pastime but also contributed to making sport a significant part of American life. This biography captures the zest, flamboyance, and creativity of Albert Goodwell Spalding, a man of insatiable ego, a showman and entrepreneur, whose life illuminated the hopes and fears of 19th-century Americans. It is also a vivid evocation of the vanished world of 19th-century baseball, recreating a time when it was transformed from a game played on unkempt fields to modern style.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 199 pages
  • 138 x 210 x 16mm | 381.02g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195042204
  • 9780195042207

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"As a study of Spalding's role in the emergence of professional sports, Levine's book is a valuable addition to a fast-growing area of scholarship."--American Historical Review"A.G. Spalding joins an impressive body of historical writing...which focuses on baseball in pre-World War I America."--Journal of American Culture"Levine's scholarly biography of Albert Goodwill Spalding fills a large gap in baseball historiography....Well-written and thoughtful....It will long endure as the standard work on Spalding."--Journal of American History"Levine...has aptly given Spalding the central place he deserves in the history of American culture....A.G. Spalding would have liked this book."--Illinois Historical Journal"A.G. Spalding would have liked this book."--Illinois Historical Journal"Levine ably ties Spalding's life into the rise of baseball and, more importantly, late nineteenth-century culture."--William Simons, State University of New York, Oneonta "As a study of Spalding's role in the emergence of professional sports, Levine's book is a valuable addition to a fast-growing area of scholarship."--American Historical Review"A.G. Spalding joins an impressive body of historical writing...which focuses on baseball in pre-World War I America."--Journal of American Culture"Levine's scholarly biography of Albert Goodwill Spalding fills a large gap in baseball historiography....Well-written and thoughtful....It will long endure as the standard work on Spalding."--Journal of American History "As a study of Spalding's role in the emergence of professional sports, Levine's book is a valuable addition to a fast-growing area of scholarship."--American Historical Review "A.G. Spalding joins an impressive body of historical writing...which focuses on baseball in pre-World War I America."--Journal of American Culture "Levine's scholarly biography of Albert Goodwill Spalding fills a large gap in baseball historiography....Well-written and thoughtful....It will long endure as the standard work on Spalding."--Journal of American History "As a study of Spalding's role in the emergence of professional sports, Levine's book is a valuable addition to a fast-growing area of scholarship."--American Historical Review "A.G. Spalding joins an impressive body of historical writing...which focuses on baseball in pre-World War I America."--Journal of American Culture "Levine's scholarly biography of Albert Goodwill Spalding fills a large gap in baseball historiography....Well-written and thoughtful....It will long endure as the standard work on Spalding."--Journal of American History "As a study of Spalding's role in the emergence of professional sports, Levine's book is a valuable addition to a fast-growing area of scholarship."--American Historical Review"A.G. Spalding joins an impressive body of historical writing...which focuses on baseball in pre-World War I America."--Journal of American Culture"Levine's scholarly biography of Albert Goodwill Spalding fills a large gap in baseball historiography....Well-written and thoughtful....It will long endure as the standard work on Spalding."--Journal of American Historyshow more

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