Baseball Archaeology: Artifacts from the Great American Game

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Here is the "real stuff" of baseball, the objects of a fan's obsession, those things that fire the imagination and trigger memories of unforgettable moments in games gone by. Ty Cobb's spikes, Lou Gehrig's glove, Babe Ruth's bat, Mickey Mantle's jersey, and more than 200 other genuine articles are featured in this delightful tribute to the game and to the players that forged its colorful history, from the early days to the modern era. Like an archaeologist digging for the remnants of earlier civilizations, ...
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Overview

Here is the "real stuff" of baseball, the objects of a fan's obsession, those things that fire the imagination and trigger memories of unforgettable moments in games gone by. Ty Cobb's spikes, Lou Gehrig's glove, Babe Ruth's bat, Mickey Mantle's jersey, and more than 200 other genuine articles are featured in this delightful tribute to the game and to the players that forged its colorful history, from the early days to the modern era. Like an archaeologist digging for the remnants of earlier civilizations, photographer Bret Wills has unearthed amazing artifacts, including often overlooked memorabilia that are inextricably tied to the allure of a day at the ballpark: ticket stubs and press passes, an umpire's broom, a turnstile from a demolished stadium, a scorecard from the 1907 World Series, a scoreboard numeral, and much more. These objects and their stories provide an evocative journey through the great moments of baseball, as well as a fascinating look at the evolution of the game and its equipment. It's all here - the heart and soul of major league baseball, the legends and lore, the bats and masks and gloves that helped shape America's favorite pastime.

From Babe Ruth's bat to Ty Cobb's spikes, the legends of baseball come alive in this delightful excavation of the game's famous and forgotten artifacts. More than 200 richly colored photographs, many never before published, accompany a lively, detailed text.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This handsome collection of baseball artifacts from 1880 onward is a treat for the baseball aficionado. A focus on equipment explains, for instance, that early gloves ``were not used for catching, but to stop the ball with the least amount of pain possible.'' Most equipment surprisingly doesn't change much: the 1885 catcher's mask is remarkably similar to the 1988 model. The baseball itself evolves from a nonresilient ``deadball'' to a springier ``rabbit ball.'' There are profiles of bygone leagues, including the Negro Leagues, and a sidebar on Moe Berg, the legendary intellectual but weak-hitting catcher whose spy activities won him the Medal of Freedom. There are, however, several miscues. The author says that New York's Polo Grounds ``at its peak'' held approximately 34,000 fans, whereas the real number was closer to 55,000. A pennant is said to belong to the ``1958 Brooklyn Dodgers,'' while 1958 was the Dodgers' first year in Los Angeles. Aside from these errors, this is indeed a welcome dig into baseball's colorful past. Aldridge is a creative director for an advertising agency and Wills is an advertising photographer. (Sept.)
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YA-This inviting volume begs to be opened. The concise text is clear, readable, and informative, while the photographs of baseball paraphernalia more than describe America's love affair with the sport. The text chronologically covers many aspects of the game, such as its creation, the evolution of the ball, various fields, assorted players, and other bits of information, important and trivial. Wills's photos of articles from the Baseball Hall of Fame and other collections of memorabilia are almost three-dimensional in their clarity and are full of texture. Old shoes, shirts, pennants, cards, bats, balls, and gloves never looked this good or this interesting. A great addition to any collection, for hard-core fans as well as those readers who thought they could care less.-Susan H. Woodcock, King's Park Library, Burke, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811802901
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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