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“The most complete compilation of information on 19th century baseball ever imagined.” --Baseball Book Survey, baseballbooks.net
"Those who think they know baseball must think again. This comprehensive baseball encyclopedia is unique in being devoted exclusively to the history of baseball in the 19th century. A one-volume work, it contains virtually all the statistics on individual players, managers, teams, stadiums, and even umpires for the years 1871-1900. Nemec (an independent scholar) also covers the evolution of the game as it progressed from a group of individual ballplayers who played'without restrictions,' to the formation of the National League in 1876, which not only focused on the concept of teams versus individual players, but also instituted reforms and standardized rules that became the "modern game" known today. Although the scope of this book may appear narrow due to its subject coverage, libraries that have core baseball collections and interested patrons should consider acquiring this edition; it represents a cornerstone on which modern baseball was built. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers."