Koppett's Concise History of Major League Baseball

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  • Copyright: 2004-02-29
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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Shocked to discover how little contemporary baseball stars knew of their sport's rich lore, acclaimed baseball writer Leonard Koppett set out to change all that in one fell swoop. Koppett's Concise History of Major League Baseball, first published in 1998, now updated through the 2003 season and available in paperback for the first time, makes the entire treasure of the game's history available in one richly enjoyable volume. Opening to literally any page, readers will find lively narratives on the shape and significance of each baseball season from the sport's nineteenth century beginnings through 2003's scintillating postseason, as well as quantitative summaries of statistics that chronicle changes in the game. Each chapter recounts trends, players, and events during different eras, offers succinct seasonal recaps, and summarizes the highlights of each baseball era.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Premisep. ix
Preliminariesp. 3
The National Associationp. 15
The League
Chicagop. 25
Two Leaguesp. 37
The Union Associationp. 45
The Revolt of the Playersp. 54
The Brotherhoodp. 54
Seasons 1890-91p. 60
The Monopolyp. 67
Seasons 1892-99p. 78
The Majors
Warp. 87
Seasons 1900-1902p. 94
Peacep. 97
The World Seriesp. 98
Ball Parksp. 100
Gamblingp. 101
The Doubleday Mythp. 102
Outlaw Leagues and Player Relationsp. 103
Seasons 1903-12p. 105
The Fedsp. 115
Seasons 1913-15p. 121
Real Warp. 126
Seasons 1916-18p. 129
The Blowupp. 135
Seasons 1919-21p. 143
The Golden Age
Lively Ball Baseballp. 151
Selling the Offensep. 151
New Ownersp. 153
Seasons 1922-25p. 156
The Commissionerp. 161
Seasons 1926-28p. 166
Boom and Bustp. 171
Hard Timesp. 172
The Farm Systemp. 173
Yankees and A'sp. 177
Seasons 1929-33p. 178
An Age of Gloryp. 187
The New Starsp. 188
Radiop. 189
Lightsp. 190
The Hall of Famep. 191
Farm Systems and Administrationp. 192
"Break Up the Yankees!"p. 194
Seasons 1934-41p. 195
A Changing World
Wartime Baseballp. 211
Seasons 1942-45p. 214
The Stars Are Back--and on TV!p. 220
Integrationp. 221
Commissioner Chandlerp. 224
The Mexican Leaguep. 226
Antitrustp. 227
Unionizationp. 229
Ford Frickp. 229
Attendancep. 230
Television and Radiop. 231
Farm Systemsp. 232
Veeck as in Wreckp. 233
The Pacific Coast Leaguep. 235
Radio and the Minorsp. 235
A New Yankee Dynastyp. 235
Boston to Milwaukeep. 236
Bonus Playersp. 237
Seasons 1946-52p. 239
Movementp. 252
The Movesp. 253
The Frick Administrationp. 258
The New New Starsp. 261
The Minorsp. 263
Seasons 1953-57p. 265
Challengep. 272
The Continental Leaguep. 272
The Alternativep. 277
Seasons 1958-60p. 280
Ten-Team Leaguesp. 291
Demographicsp. 291
The New Teamsp. 294
The New Parksp. 300
The New Commissionersp. 303
The New Schedulep. 306
The New Rulesp. 307
The New Players Associationp. 310
Seasons 1961-68p. 315
Divisions and Play-Offsp. 328
An Active Commissionerp. 329
An Active Unionp. 334
The Flood Casep. 338
An Active Scenep. 341
Seasons 1969-72p. 343
The New Age
Free Agencyp. 353
The Designated Hitterp. 355
Arbitrationp. 357
More Teamsp. 363
The New Reserve Systemp. 366
Finley versus Kuhnp. 372
Progressp. 374
Seasons 1973-80p. 377
Strike Twop. 386
The Rest of the 1981 Seasonp. 393
Rolling in Money
Commissioner Turnoverp. 396
The Labor Frontp. 402
Drugsp. 412
Ownership Turnoverp. 425
Seasons 1982-92p. 429
Strike Three
1993: Averting Disasterp. 446
1994: Disasterp. 456
1995: Picking Up the Piecesp. 464
Denouementp. 467
Afterword: The Summation
New Chapter for the 2004 Edition: A Whole New Ballgamep. 477
A New Story Beginsp. 478
Home Run Heavenp. 480
The Men in Bluep. 483
Interleague Play and League Restructuringp. 486
The All-Star Gamep. 490
Television and Media Conglomeratesp. 491
Baseball Palacesp. 495
A New Commissionerp. 499
Baseball Economicsp. 501
Another Record and Contractionp. 503
Competitive Balancep. 507
A New Collective Bargaining Agreementp. 510
Commissioners and League Presidentsp. 527
Franchisesp. 528
Club Salesp. 531
Financesp. 533
Competitive Balancep. 534
Offensive Erasp. 536
Hittingp. 537
The Designated Hitterp. 539
Ball Parksp. 541
Player Awardsp. 544
Why "Pitching Is the Name of the Game"p. 545
Sourcesp. 546
Indexp. 549
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