Baseball's Hometown Teams: The Story of the Minor Leagues

Baseball's Hometown Teams: The Story of the Minor Leagues

by Bruce Chadwick
     
 

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Major League play has attracted the glitz and the glamour, but until the days of television most Americans came to know the national pastime through the Minor League teams. In this enjoyable history, evocative photos and a lively text trace the Minors from their origins to the revival they are enjoying today. Hundreds of photographs provide more than a century's worth

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Major League play has attracted the glitz and the glamour, but until the days of television most Americans came to know the national pastime through the Minor League teams. In this enjoyable history, evocative photos and a lively text trace the Minors from their origins to the revival they are enjoying today. Hundreds of photographs provide more than a century's worth of nostalgia. Ardent fans and casual readers alike will find the next to be an endless source of delightful facts and trivia: Former New York Governor Moro Cuomo once played for Pittsburgh's farm team in New Brunswick, Gerorgia; Liz Taylor was once a cheerleader for the Hollywood Stars; and the outfield in the Beckley, West Virginia, park ran right to the edge of a 400-foot cliff, discouraging even the most intrepid fielder from diving for a home-run fly! This is truly a one-of-a-kind history that will delight baseball fans, collectors and student of America alike.

Editorial Reviews

Wes Lukowsky
Minor-league baseball teams were once a focal point of rural and small-town life. With limited entertainment options, a ball game was a perfect way to pass a weekend afternoon. Chadwick, who has written for "Sports Illustrated" and the "New York Daily News", engages readers in a leisurely and informative stroll--illustrated with dozens of striking black-and-white photographs--along baseball's backroads. He covers the earliest years, when teams were really local clubs manned by local players, through the glory years when each major-league team had a legion of minor-league branches. He also charts the demise of minor-league ball through the 1960s and 1970s when television and other entertainment venues combined to rob the minors of both fans and dollars. He points out an overlooked factor in the minors' diminishing fan base during that time: Little League. The recent resurgence of minor-league baseball is also explored at length. A beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully written book that emphasizes America's love affair with the game of baseball, not necessarily with the major leagues.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896600904
Publisher:
Abbeville Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
175
Product dimensions:
9.37(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.71(d)

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