First Pitch: How Baseball Began

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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 ...
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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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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936310043
  • Publisher: Beach Ball Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 814,754
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: NC1070L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

John Thorn

John Thorn is America's foremost baseball historian, and the author many award-winning titles on the sport, including Total Baseball, The Hidden Game of Baseball, and Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was the senior consultant on the Ken Burns documentary, Baseball, and was given the Bob Davids Award, the highest honor given by the Society for American Baseball Research. In 2011, he was named the Official Historian of Major League Baseball by Commissioner Bud Selig.
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