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The Golden Game: The Story of California Baseball

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Baseball and the Gold Rush, Ernest Thayer and "Casey at the Bat," baseball crook Hal Chase, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson and integration, crusty Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Hollywood baseball movies, Satchel Paige vs. Dizzy Dean, Kenichi Zenimura and the Japanese American experience, Sparky Anderson, Gene Autry, Willie Mays, Tommy Lasorda, and the rise of the baby boom generation of players -- all of these people and stories are part of the incredible saga of California baseball and how it has shaped ...
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Baseball and the Gold Rush, Ernest Thayer and "Casey at the Bat," baseball crook Hal Chase, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson and integration, crusty Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Hollywood baseball movies, Satchel Paige vs. Dizzy Dean, Kenichi Zenimura and the Japanese American experience, Sparky Anderson, Gene Autry, Willie Mays, Tommy Lasorda, and the rise of the baby boom generation of players -- all of these people and stories are part of the incredible saga of California baseball and how it has shaped the national pastime. Kevin Nelson, author of over a dozen books on sports, presents in words and pictures 150 years of baseball history, from sandlot ball in the 1850s to the coming of the Dodgers, Giants, Angels, Athletics, and Padres. Here is a stirring, colorfully written narrative about the state that has been the birthplace and proving ground for more major leaguers than any other. With more than 150 photographs of vintage and modern ballplayers and scenes, The Golden Game is not only a richly illustrated and lively read, but also a well-researched reference work that will delight baseball fans and anyone who loves a good story.
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Publishers Weekly
Nelson (The Runner's Book of Daily Inspiration) presents the development of the sport in California from its introduction until 1969, just before native son Curt Flood filed suit to challenge baseball's "plantation mentality" by fighting the reserve clause, ultimately opening the door for free agency and all it has wrought. Baseball in California is more than Barry Bonds and Vin Scully, Nelson reminds the reader. It's Jackie Robinson growing up in Pasadena before breaking the infamous color line; Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams growing up at opposite ends of the state and turning into one of the game's legendary rivalries; and Japanese-Americans, uprooted from their homes during WWII, playing ball in internment camps. California didn't have a major league franchise until the Dodgers and Giants arrived from New York after the 1957 season, but fans were able to enjoy the excitement of the Pacific Coast League. And scores of players raised in the congenial climates of the West went on to success in the big leagues. Nelson has a knack for research and an ear for good anecdotes as he reviews the impact California baseball has had not only on the game in this country but as an "export" to Japan and Mexico as well. This volume is copublished with the ample resources of the California Historical Society. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Oakland Tribune

“A superb blending of United States and California history, plus baseball. Well-illustrated and written in a compelling manner that few books can rightly claim, this is a rare literary sports treasure that can be recommended with great enthusiasm.”—Oakland Tribune
 

Los Angeles Times Book Review - Jonathan Kirsch

“[Nelson’s] wholly charming and endearing book allows us to see baseball as a kind of benchmark for the birth and growth of California over the last century and a half. . . . Nelson shows us that baseball was always much more than a form of recreation or entertainment—it was a means of self-definition.”—Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times Book Review
 
 
Sports Illustrated - Ron Fimrite

“[An] excellent history. . . . You don’t have to be a Californian to enjoy these important chapters in the game’s history.”—Ron Fimrite, Sports Illustrated
 
 

San Francisco Chronicle - David Kipen

“[This is] the rare baseball book that transcends its regional emphasis to earn a place on the shelf of anyone who loves the game. It reads like a core sample of a polar ice cap, with layer upon informative layer the deeper you go.”—David Kipen, San Francisco Chronicle
Long Beach Press-Telegram - Doug Krikorian

“I’ve read some terrific sports books in recent years . . . but I found none more interesting than Kevin Nelson's current page-turner, The Golden Game: The Story of California Baseball. If you’re a baseball aficionado or even if you aren’t, this is a wonderfully researched narrative about the genesis of the sport in the state.”—Doug Krikorian, Long Beach Press-Telegram
 
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890771805
  • Publisher: Heyday Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Nelson is the award-winning author of nineteen books. He spent three years researching and writing The Golden Game, traveling around California to uncover the state’s storied baseball past. Hank Greenwald is a former Major League Baseball announcer who was for many years the voice of the San Francisco Giants.

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Table of Contents

Dedication v
Foreword ix
Introduction xiii
1. The Seed Is Planted 1
2. Stagecoach Baseball 9
3. Enter the Professionals 15
4. How Casey Advanced to the Bat 25
5. Train Ride South 37
6. From Robinson to Lange to Chance 47
7. A Brand New Ballgame 57
8. A Ballpark Blooms in San Francisco 67
9. The Los Angeles Mix, Winter 1908 75
10. Schoolboys 89
11. Playgrounds 99
12. A Left-hander for the Oaks 109
13. There Was a Crooked Man 115
14. The Pride of Their Community 125
15. Babe Ruth in California 135
16. An Experiment in Sound and Light 147
17. Barnstormers 155
18. In the Shadows of War 165
19. Joe, Ted, Jackie 173
20. War Games 201
21. Breakthrough 215
22. Golden Boys 223
23. In a Corner of the United States 231
24. Casey, Billy, and the Yanks 241
25. Brown Derby Baseball 255
26. They Changed the Game 267
27. Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants, April 1958 277
28. The Last Days of Ty Cobb 295
29. The Cowboy Rides In 303
30. The Next Generation 313
31. 1969 321
Epilogue 331
Acknowledgments 339
Bibliography 342
Source Notes 351
Index 372
About the Author 380
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2004

    Phenomenal

    There are several books out that chronicle the history of California baseball. But most of them do it from the standpoint of the various leagues and professional teams that have played in the golden state. This book shows the history of California baseball by tracing the stories of the people who played the game, from the superstars like Joe DiMaggio, Harry Hooper, Willie Stargell, and Joe Morgan to the players of semipro teams (like the numerous Asian-American teams) or the black baseball leagues. There are a few historical points, but I enjoyed the way Nelson tells his history, as it might have been viewed from the eyes of the players, and management themselves. The chapter about Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, and Jackie Robinson for example tells how all three of them made it to majors, and how their individual stories differed. There's also the story of the bond between Casey Stengel and Billy Martin, who three decades after Martin first played for Stengel still spoke fondly of him. There's also stories about the PCL 'glory days' and about the Dodgers and Giants' move west. Nelson clearly did a lot of research into writing this book and as you read it, you might even be taken back to the 'days of old,' when baseball and California were much younger. While this history technically ends in 1969, there are some footnotes about California-born players who found their way to the 'Show' by the 80s and 90s. Even recent HOF inductee Dennis Eckersley is mentioned here. A highly entertaining and fun book to read, I found this to be an enjoyable way of finding out even more about California's rich baseball history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    Truly A Classic

    This books is a beautiful blend of history and baseball, filled with great stories of the early days in California, when Gold Rush hopefuls brought the game to the state, through the building of the transcontinental railroad and how the first group to visit was a baseball team, on to the advent of the Big Leagues in California and the amazing era of Robinson, Williams and DiMaggio (I had no idea that they all grew up in California at the same time). This is a great gift.

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