Baseball : A History of America's Game

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-05-02
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr

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In this third edition of his lively history of America's game - widely recognized as the best of its kind - Benjamin G. Rader expands his scope to include commentary on Major League Baseball through the 2006 season: record crowds and record income, construction of new ballparks, a change in the strike zone, a surge in recruiting Japanese players, and an emerging cadre of explosive long-ball hitters.

Author Biography

Benjamin G. Rader is James L. Sellers Professor of History at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and the author of American Sports: From the Age of Folk Games to the Age of Televised Sports.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Fraternity and Its Gamep. 5
A Commercial Spectaclep. 19
The First Professional Teamsp. 30
The First Professional Leaguesp. 42
The Players' Revoltp. 60
The Great Baseball Warp. 78
Baseball's Coming of Agep. 91
The Big Fixp. 109
The Age of Ruthp. 123
An Age of Dynastiesp. 136
Baseball's Great Experimentp. 155
The Last Days of the Old Gamep. 171
Baseball in Troublep. 188
The Empowerment of the Playersp. 204
The Demise of Dynastiesp. 221
The Resurgence of America's Gamep. 238
It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Timesp. 261
Bibliographical Essayp. 283
Indexp. 291
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