Baseball: An Illustrated History

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The acclaimed nationwide best seller and companion volume to Ken Burns’s grand-slam PBS documentary—updated and expanded to coincide with the broadcast of a new, two-part Tenth Inning that lokos back on the age of steroids, home-run records, the rise of Latino players, and so much more.

With a narrative by Geoffrey C. Ward, a preface to the new edition by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, a new chapter by Kevin Baker, and an introduction by Roger ...

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Overview

The acclaimed nationwide best seller and companion volume to Ken Burns’s grand-slam PBS documentary—updated and expanded to coincide with the broadcast of a new, two-part Tenth Inning that lokos back on the age of steroids, home-run records, the rise of Latino players, and so much more.

With a narrative by Geoffrey C. Ward, a preface to the new edition by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, a new chapter by Kevin Baker, and an introduction by Roger Angell

Essays by Thomas Boswell, Robert W. Creamer, Gerald Early, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Bill James, David Lamb, Daniel Okrent, John Thorn, George F. Will

And featuring an interview with Buck O’Neil

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A rich concoction of narrative, essays, and photos [that] dazzles the eye . . . In so many ways you are reminded that rooting for baseball is like breathing.” —Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

“Stirring and reflective . . . A beautiful book that stands on its own in any league.” —David E. Jones, Chicago Tribune

“Glorious nuggets are set amid the clear, warm narrative and hundreds of classic images . . . Highest marks for browseability, but the true reward comes from the longer essays by folks still smitten by the game.” —Jerry Shriver, USA Today
Library Journal
Baseball is indeed a mirror of American life, and Ward and Burns show how well America's story is told through baseball. Their book is the companion to a nine-part PBS television documentary scheduled to begin on September 18. In format and approach it resembles the authors' previous best seller, The Civil War (LJ 9/1/90). Each chapter, or "inning," proceeds chronologically with a dominant theme and dramatis personae. The profusion of striking illustrations add an extra dimension to each chapter. Another nice feature is the interlaced essays by such fine writers as Roger Angell, Robert Creamer, and Thomas Boswell on the hold that baseball has on ordinary people. The narrative gains force and momentum in sections examining the injustice of segregation and the forgotten heroes of the Negro leagues. Because the book is based on a documentary filmscript, the narrative sometimes seems a bit episodic, jumping from scene to scene and story to story. Overall, however, this rich and suggestive history is one of the finest books produced on baseball. Highly recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/94.]-Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., Ill.
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This companion volume to the acclaimed PBS series chronicles the story of our national pastime--the "game" woven so deeply into our culture that it provides a common language for all our people. 9 1/4" x 11". Color & b&w photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375711978
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 499,585
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey C. Ward is a historian and biographer and the author of fourteen books. He won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1989 and the Francis Parkman Prize in 1990. He is also the winner of five Emmys and two Writers Guild of America awards for his work for public television. He lives in New York City.

Ken Burns’s films include The National Parks, Jazz, Baseball, and The Civil War, which was the highest-rated series in the history of American public television. His work has won numerous prizes, including the Emmy and Peabody Awards, two Academy Award nominations, and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award. He lives in Walpole, New Hampshire.

Kevin Baker is the author of the City of Fire trilogy and was the chief historical researcher for Harry Evans’s The American Century.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 2010 Edition: Negative Capability

Preface: Where Memory Gathers

Introduction: Hard Lines Roger Angell Angell, Roger

1st Inning

Our Game: Beginnings to 1900 3

Why Baseball John Thorn Thorn, John 58

2nd Inning

Something Like a War: 1900-1910 65

Stats Bill James James, Bill 101

3rd Inning

The Faith of Fifty Million People: 1910-1920 107

The Minors David Lamb Lamb, David 146

4th Inning

That Big Son of a Bitch: 1920-1930 153

The Church of Baseball Thomas Boswell Boswell, Thomas 189

5th Inning

Shadow Ball: 1930-1940 197

Why Would You Feel Sorry for Me? Buck O'Neill O'Neill, Buck 226

Thirties Baseball Robert W. Creamer Creamer, Robert W. 260

6th Inning

The National Pastime: 1940-1950 267

Fan Doris Kearns Goodwin Goodwin, Doris Kearns 305

7th Inning

The Capital of Baseball: 1950-1960 311

Fifties Baseball George F. Will Will, George F. 356

8th Inning

A Whole New Game: 1960-1970 363

Baseball and African American Life Gerald Early Early, Gerald 412

9th Inning

Home: The Modern Era 421

Always Right on Time Daniel Okrent Okrent, Daniel 467

10th Inning

The Age of Miracles and Wonders: Twenty-first Century Baseball Kevin Baker Baker, Kevin 473

Acknowledgments, Selected Bibliography, Index, Illustration Credits, Film Credits 546

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Great book for Baseball fans!

    If you love the game of baseball you will love this book. Also they have this on dvd so check that out as well.

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    goood book

    this book is veyr good! i like it very much. it is awasome! highyl recimended

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