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This book recounts the business history of baseball since its inception, identifying and analyzing the most significant problems (most of which have existed from the early days of professional teams) and proposing solutions. It covers some of Major League Baseball's greatest players and their economic impact on the game. Major topics include the roles of franchise owners, commissioners, and players' unions in organized baseball; the influence of Major League ballparks and fans; and how all of these affect ...
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About the Book The crack of the bat, the cheering of fans and the agility and athleticism of the players are all characteristics that many people fondly associate with Major ... League Baseball. However, the players’ strike and owners’ lockout in 1994 and 1995 brought the game under great scrutiny, revealing a side of baseball that is not admirable, honorable, or enjoyable. Nor is this darker side of "America’s Pastime" a recent development. The majority of problems in today’s Major Leagues are a continuation of ills that have plagued organized baseball since its inception. This book examines the business of baseball, addressing its most significant problems and proposing solutions. It covers some of Major League Baseball’s greatest players and their effect on the game and its business. Among the many topics analyzed are the roles of franchise owners, commissioners, and players’ unions in organized baseball. The book also examines Major League ballparks and baseball fans, and considers how they are relevant to baseball as a game and a business. Read more Show Less

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Overview

This book recounts the business history of baseball since its inception, identifying and analyzing the most significant problems (most of which have existed from the early days of professional teams) and proposing solutions. It covers some of Major League Baseball's greatest players and their economic impact on the game. Major topics include the roles of franchise owners, commissioners, and players' unions in organized baseball; the influence of Major League ballparks and fans; and how all of these affect baseball as a game and a business.
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Powers, an international tax and finance lawyer and amateur baseball historian, has written a serviceable history of baseball that has few surprises but speaks to the main business issues faced in each era. It may be a familiar story that the damage done by the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal was healed in part by the emergence of the home run ball and the greatest showman that baseball has seen, Babe Ruth. But some readers might be surprised to learn that every great star has had an economic impact. Powers also makes clear the lost opportunities of baseball history, including the tardy racial integration of the game. The author excels in recounting the unionizing work of Marvin Miller during the 1960s and 1970s, which transformed the economic landscape of the sport for modern players. In his concluding chapter, he presents an intriguing though far-fetched solution to major league baseball's current woes. This book can easily be understood by the lay reader, but for a more telling analysis of baseball's present economic problems, readers should consult Andrew Zimbalist's Baseball and Billions or his May the Best Team Win. Recommended for larger collections.-Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786414260
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/2/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 419
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert Theodore Powers is an international tax and finance lawyer, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, and the author of a number of books and professional articles.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Church of Baseball 1
2 Pentateuch 9
3 In the East, a Star Appeared 41
4 Plagues 61
5 Resurrection 77
6 Apocrypha 89
7 Deliverance 103
8 Diaspora 117
9 God Profaned! Apple Pie Blasphemed! 147
10 Emancipation 169
11 Rolling Stones 195
12 You Can't Smoke Astroturf 215
13 This Bud's for You 231
14 Money Changers in the Temple 257
15 Redemption and Apocalypse 279
16 Baseball, Inc. 319
Notes 345
Bibliography 379
Index 393
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