First Pitch: How Baseball Began

First Pitch: How Baseball Began

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by John Thorn
     
 

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America's premier baseball historian has created the first book for young baseball fans that truly tells the story of the origins of our national pastime. While debunking long-held myths, Thorn introduces kids to the first games, first fields, and first leagues. He also shows how the game of yesteryear connects to the game kids love to play and watch today.… See more details below

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America's premier baseball historian has created the first book for young baseball fans that truly tells the story of the origins of our national pastime. While debunking long-held myths, Thorn introduces kids to the first games, first fields, and first leagues. He also shows how the game of yesteryear connects to the game kids love to play and watch today. Featured in the book is the story of his personal discovery of the oldest reference to the sport in American history, a 1791 Massachusetts ordinance banning "Base Ball."

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School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—Thorn covers a lot of ground in this trim volume. First, the author debunks the stories surrounding Abner Doubleday and Alexander Cartwright, credited today for their role in devising the modern game. He reveals that a commission, headed by sporting-goods magnate A. G. Spalding, chose to designate the Civil War hero and scholar Doubleday as baseball's inventor in an effort to boost the game's status as the all-American pastime. Cartwright, a star on the Knickerbockers, an early New York team, is credited with codifying baseball's rules, but his unsung teammates actually played a larger role. Thorn also explains that early versions of baseball have been played in America since the 1730s, first by children and eventually by adult amateurs. Its origins were international in nature as well, and can be linked to games played in ancient times. This trivia-laden account, supplemented with colorful graphics and historical sidebars, should find an audience among hard-core fans of baseball lore.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936310043
Publisher:
Beach Ball Books
Publication date:
05/28/2011
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
888,468
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.19(d)
Lexile:
NC1070L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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