Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress

Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress

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by Harry Katz, Frank Ceresi, Phil Michel
     
 

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Baseball, the sport that helped reunify the country in the years after the Civil War, remains the national pastime. The Library of Congress houses the world's largest baseball collection, documenting the history of the game and providing a unique look at America since the late 1700s. Now Baseball Americana presents the best of the best from that treasure

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Baseball, the sport that helped reunify the country in the years after the Civil War, remains the national pastime. The Library of Congress houses the world's largest baseball collection, documenting the history of the game and providing a unique look at America since the late 1700s. Now Baseball Americana presents the best of the best from that treasure trove. From baseball's biggest stars to its street urchins, from its most newsworthy stories to sandlot and Little League games, the book examines baseball's hardscrabble origins, rich cultural heritage, and uniquely American character.

The more than three hundred and fifty fabulous illustrations feature first-generation photographic and chromolithographic baseball cards; photographs of famous players and ballparks; and newspaper clippings, cartoons, New Deal photographs, and baseball advertisements. Packed with images that will surprise and thrill even the most expert collector, Baseball Americana is a gift for every baseball fan.

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Editorial Reviews

San Diego Union-Tribune
“One of the most seductively designed books about the sport to come our way. … A book like this, so rich and deep in material. … brings baseball history to multifaceted life and reminds us that baseball is the sport that celebrates its history more than any other. … This book itself is a form of time-traveling — a pleasurable, often surprising and aesthetic trip.”
Washington Post
“Totally intriguing … traces the glory of our national pastime over more than two centuries. … All this material and so much more could fill a whole bunch of postseason evenings while today’s knickered lads cavort until midnight and beyond.”
Ihsan Taylor
…a trove of artifacts and photographs that skillfully conveys the evolution of the game and how it has been chronicled and embraced…The book spans nearly two centuries: baseball's genesis in the late 1700s; its expansion in the late 19th century; the "glory years" of the early 20th century; the period between World War I and the Great Depression; and from World War II to the "wonder years" of the '50s and '60s. Each section is anchored by an essay outlining the period in broad strokes, and copious sidebars help round out the details. The pages are busy, but never scattershot.
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061625466
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/31/2011
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
552,485
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Harry Katz is the former head curator in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress and a lifelong Red Sox fan. He divides his time between Washington D.C., and Del Mar, California.

Frank Ceresi is a well-known baseball historian and writer living in the D.C. area.

Phil Michel manages the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division archive of more than one million digital images.

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yavapairev More than 1 year ago
I'd love to do a review, I never got the book from your online ordering, doubt I will be ordering anything more online from B & N.