Baseball Yesterday & Today

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Baseball's yesterdays add up to more than a list of statistics and records. This is America's game, and in its distant images and shining moments we find something of ourselves-the national past in the national pastime. That past - from its origins as a pastoral game in open country fields to the meeting of historic rivals in historic venues televised across the world - comes alive here in the light of baseball as we know it today.

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Overview

Baseball's yesterdays add up to more than a list of statistics and records. This is America's game, and in its distant images and shining moments we find something of ourselves-the national past in the national pastime. That past - from its origins as a pastoral game in open country fields to the meeting of historic rivals in historic venues televised across the world - comes alive here in the light of baseball as we know it today.

Side-by-side imagery and stories show readers the game as it is, and as it was, how it has changed, and how, in many ways, it remains forever the same. Vintage photographs and memorabilia set beside modern color action shots illustrate baseball yesterday and today-from the look of a typical major leaguer to the architecture of the ballpark, from the equipment and facilities over the generations to the fan's experience at the game. Informative captions by noted baseball writer and editor Josh Leventhal help tell the story of how the game has changed, and remained the same, over the decades.

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The Globe and Mail, Dec. 9, 2006
“This is a book for those dedicated baseball fans who relish both the game’s rich history and what it has become today … This is a home run.”

Brooklyn Spectator, Nov. 8, 2006
“A good book about the grand old game.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760326466
  • Publisher: MVP Books
  • Publication date: 10/15/2006
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Josh Leventhal has been an avid baseball fan for as long as he can remember, reading baseball stories and pouring over statistics in the Baseball Encyclopedia. He has written or compiled six books, including the best-selling Take Me Out to the Ballpark, Baseball...The Perfect Game, Baseball and the Meaning of Life, and The World Series: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Fall Classic, now in its fourth edition. A native New Yorker, he cheers for the Minnesota Twins in his adopted hometown of the Twin Cities, although the Pittsburgh Pirates will always remain dearest in his heart. He is an editor at Voyageur Press and lives in St. Paul.

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Table of Contents

Contents

 

Baseball Yesterday, Baseball Today

The Ballpark

Evolution of the Ballpark

The Name Game

The Baseball Diamond

The Pitcher’s Mound

The Bullpen

The Outfield Wall

Billboards

The Scoreboard

The Scorecard

The Box Score

The Dugout

The Clubhouse

Keeping Fit, Staying Healthy

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

The Fans

Luxury Boxes and Bleacher Bums

Presidential First Pitches

Take Me Close to the Ballgame

Food at the Ballpark

The Ball

The Bat

The Glove

Catcher’s Equipment

The Uniform

Grooming

Leagues and Teams

The Race Barrier

From National Pastime to International Pastime

Dynasties

The World Series

The All-Star Game

The Home Run

The All-Time Home Run Kings

Dynamic Duos

.400

Hit Men

The Greatest of All-Time

The Catcher

The First Baseman

The Second Baseman

The Shortstop

The Double Play

The Third Baseman

The Outfielder

The Starting Pitcher

The Right-Handed Ace

The Left-Handed Ace

The Pitching Motion

Spitballs and Scuffing

The Reliever

The Manager

Strategies of the Game

The Umpire

The Commissioner

Scandals

Player Salaries and Labor Disputes

The Owners

The Press

 

Bibliography

Index

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