Lights On!: The Wild Century-Long Saga of Night Baseball

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Lights On! chronicles the rise of night baseball. David Pietrusza balances precise research with an eye for intriguing anecdotal material. From the first night game at Nantasket Beach between two department store teams to the experiments of barnstorming teams, to the eventual conversion of the major league clubs, Pietrusza offers insight on this fascinating phase of baseball history. He concludes with an analysis of the effects of nighttime play on the sport. Lights On! will appeal to baseball fans and students ...

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Overview

Lights On! chronicles the rise of night baseball. David Pietrusza balances precise research with an eye for intriguing anecdotal material. From the first night game at Nantasket Beach between two department store teams to the experiments of barnstorming teams, to the eventual conversion of the major league clubs, Pietrusza offers insight on this fascinating phase of baseball history. He concludes with an analysis of the effects of nighttime play on the sport. Lights On! will appeal to baseball fans and students of sports history alike. Foreword by Hall of Famer Enos "Country" Slaughter. Includes 13 black and white photographs.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Sport History
Pietrusza has provided us with useful documentation of a relatively underemphasized aspect of baseball's history.
WWCD Sports Book Reviews
Wow, talk about exhaustive research...[a] definitive work on the history of night baseball. What an excellent work Lights On! is. After a brief history on the use of outdoor artificial illumination, the author shifts into high gear on the subject of baseball under lights...it all makes for interesting reading as many of the original naysayers to lights did complete flip-flops in their thinking...a ton of related footnotes and anecdotes makes the Lights On! story very pleasurable reading. It's a super addition to the world of baseball literature...4 stars ("You Just Can't Put It Down")
Sports Collectors Digest
...[a] highly original book...
Journal Of Sport History
Pietrusza has provided us with useful documentation of a relatively underemphasized aspect of baseball's history.
Wwcd Sports Book Reviews
Wow, talk about exhaustive research...[a] definitive work on the history of night baseball. What an excellent work Lights On! is. After a brief history on the use of outdoor artificial illumination, the author shifts into high gear on the subject of baseball under lights...it all makes for interesting reading as many of the original naysayers to lights did complete flip-flops in their thinking...a ton of related footnotes and anecdotes makes the Lights On! story very pleasurable reading. It's a super addition to the world of baseball literature...4 stars ("You Just Can't Put It Down")
Sports Collectors Digest
...[a] highly original book....
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810833074
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Series: American Sports History Series , #7
  • Edition number: 288
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

David Pietrusza served as President of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) from 1993 through 1997. He is co-editor of Total Baseball, the official encyclopedia of Major League Baseball, a columnist for OldTyme Baseball News, the author of four other books on baseball, two juvenile books on basketball, and the managing editor of Total Football, the official encyclopedia of the NFL.

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