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A History of early baseball: Playing for keeps : 1857-1876 Warren Goldstein

A History of early baseball: Playing for keeps : 1857-1876

Warren Goldstein

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ISBN : 9780760720592
Hardcover
182 pages
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In A History of Early Baseball, historian Warren Goldstein goes back to the games very beginnings and examines the critical period of its development: 1857 to 1876. Written in readable, colorful prose, and exhaustively researched, the book tracesMoreIn A History of Early Baseball, historian Warren Goldstein goes back to the games very beginnings and examines the critical period of its development: 1857 to 1876. Written in readable, colorful prose, and exhaustively researched, the book traces key developments in the sport--including the hot debates over particular rules of play- the emergence of revolvers, players who move from club to club in search of better salries- the origins of the uniforms, statistics, set schedules, and admission prices- the rise of the Cincinnati Red Stockings (hailed as the first all-professional club)- and the watershed founding of the National League in 1876. And there are familiar-sounding accounts of all-too-rowdy fans, intense club rivalries, and even organized baseballs first big betting scandal.Fans of modern-day baseball--and those interested in the cultural landscape of nineteenth-century America--will find this work a rich history of baseballs earliest days.