Old Time Baseball

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In this delightful history of the sport, Frommer captures the flavor, smell, and craziness of the early days of baseball. Starting with its invention in 1842 by the descendant of a British sea captain (and not Abner Doubleday), Frommer traces the development of the sport from the first games on a vacant lot at 27th and Madison in New York to the turn of the century, when the National League was emerging as the preeminent forum for truly professional baseball.

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Old Time Baseball: America's Pastime in the Gilded Age

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Overview

In this delightful history of the sport, Frommer captures the flavor, smell, and craziness of the early days of baseball. Starting with its invention in 1842 by the descendant of a British sea captain (and not Abner Doubleday), Frommer traces the development of the sport from the first games on a vacant lot at 27th and Madison in New York to the turn of the century, when the National League was emerging as the preeminent forum for truly professional baseball.

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Editorial Reviews

Pinstripe Press
Priceless. Something for everyone. The reader will have an even greater appreciation for our National Pastime.
Publishers Weekly
Much has been made of the decline of the national pastime and all its modern sins: overpaid players, bottom-line-obsessed owners, greedy agents and riotous fans are just a few complaints. But as baseball historian Frommer illustrates in this wonderful book, many of the elements of Major League Baseball as it's now played can be traced to its 19th-century roots. For starters, Frommer dispels the myth that American baseball was founded in Cooperstown, N.Y., by Abner Doubleday and gives credit to 22-year-old Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr., who, along with friends, played what was perhaps the first game on a vacant Manhattan lot in 1842. It wasn't until June 19, 1846, that the sport's first "official" game was played between Cartwright's Knickerbockers Base Ball club and the New York Nine (the Knickerbockers lost, 23-1). By 1865, the game was big enough for a team to receive an invitation to visit President Andrew Johnson. But perhaps more importantly, around the time of the Civil War, baseball was a unifying force: after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered, Union and Confederate troops played a friendly game. Reading this book is a reminder of how little baseball-and the pleasure derived from it-has changed. B&w photos. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589792548
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/25/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,425,267
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Harvey Frommer is the celebrated author of 37 sports books, including the classics: New York City Baseball, Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball, Rickey and Robinson, The New York Yankee Encyclopedia, A Yankee Century, and the best selling Red Sox Vs. Yankees: The Great Rivalry (with Frederic J. Frommer). Professor Emeritus of the City University of New York, and professor at Dartmouth College where he teaches oral history and sports journalism, Frommer has been cited in the "Congressional Record" and honored by the New York State Lesigslature as a sports historian. He is in his 31st consecutive year of writing sports books. Frommer is a resident of Lyme, New Hampshire.
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Table of Contents

1 The march of baseball time 1
2 Roots 25
3 The backdrop 59
4 The Nnational League and its competitors 87
5 Tintypes : a sampler 119
6 The great teams 163
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