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Baseball In 1889: Players vs. Owners
     

Baseball In 1889: Players vs. Owners

by Daniel M. Pearson
 

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Even before the 1889 baseball season began, battle lines had been drawn, revels this history of 19th-century baseball. In the National League, The Players Brotherhood, led by New York Giants shortstop John Montgomery Ward, challenged the insulting classification system devised by league owners. While American Association players had no brotherhood, they proved

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Even before the 1889 baseball season began, battle lines had been drawn, revels this history of 19th-century baseball. In the National League, The Players Brotherhood, led by New York Giants shortstop John Montgomery Ward, challenged the insulting classification system devised by league owners. While American Association players had no brotherhood, they proved capable of organizing impromptu responses to abusive treatment by owners. Owners battled with their players and yet struggled to control overflow crowds on weekends and holidays as both major leagues staged the closest, most exciting pennant races to that time. Americans responded by pouring into ballparks in record-setting numbers.

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Explores the charged period leading up to 1890, the year of the National League player's revolt. Rivalries and conflict went beyond battles for the pennant and the "world's championship." Players (mostly from working class backgrounds) struggled for better wages, fair treatment and respect; owners wrestled for control of the players, courted cranks (fans), and coped with ballparks filled to bursting with record-breaking crowds. Appendixes give many player salaries and statistics for the year. No index. Paper edition (619-9), $15.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879726195
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
06/01/1993
Edition description:
1
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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