Turbulent Seasons: Baseball in 1890-1891

Turbulent Seasons: Baseball in 1890-1891

by Charles C. Alexander
     
 

This is the first book to examine in close detail the 1890 and 1891 major-league seasons, recapturing a colorful era in early baseball history when club owners quarreled, players berated umpires, sportswriters criticized and ridiculed both owners and players, and the National Game, as it was universally called, made halting progress toward the sport and business it

Overview

This is the first book to examine in close detail the 1890 and 1891 major-league seasons, recapturing a colorful era in early baseball history when club owners quarreled, players berated umpires, sportswriters criticized and ridiculed both owners and players, and the National Game, as it was universally called, made halting progress toward the sport and business it became in the twentieth century. The two seasons saw the formation in 1890 of the Players League by the Brotherhood of Professional Ball Players, America’s first sports union; the failure of the players’ efforts to stand up to the owners; the collapse of a new National Agreement between the National League and the American Association; and the eventual amalgamation of four Association franchises into the National League, creating a decade of relative peace under the twelve-club “big league.

Editorial Reviews

author of Eddie Collins and The Sizzler: George Sisler, Baseball's Forgotten Great - Rick Huhn
Charles Alexander has an uncanny knack of putting his subject into its historical context. He shines a bright and often amusing light on a cast of characters comprising some of baseball's most colorful players and owners, including a hard-living, fun-loving group of players who literally attempted to hijack baseball and almost pulled it off over the course of one very 'turbulent season.'
co-author of The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant - C. Paul Rogers III
One of baseball's most respected historians turns his attention to two pivotal years in the nineteenth century. Alexander's typically exhaustive research and clear, vigorous prose bring the 1890 and 1891 seasons to life and demonstrate their crucial role in the development of our National Pastime. Turbulent Seasons succeeds in bringing the turmoil of those long ago seasons into focus for contemporary baseball lovers.
author of Bad Bill Dahlen: The Rollicking Life and Times of a Early Baseball Star - Lyle Spatz
A clear and detailed account of the events leading to and resulting from the formation of the Players' League. The years 1889-1892 were a time of labor unrest in the country and baseball was not exempt. Alexander offers an account of the conflicts between owners and players, owners and owners, and players and players, while illuminating the exploits and foibles of all. A.G. Spalding, John Montgomery Ward, King Kelly, Cap Anson, Charles Comiskey, numerous other legendary figures, and a series of exciting pennant races all come to life in this very informative and entertaining book.
From the Publisher

“Charles Alexander has an uncanny knack of putting his subject into its historical context. Several years ago author David Block wrote an outstanding book about the origins of baseball. It was entitled Baseball Before We Knew It. As I read Turbulent Seasons I feel it could be subtitled Baseball As We've Come To Know It. Alexander shines a bright and often amusing light on a cast of characters comprising some of baseball's most colorful players and owners, including a hard-living, fun-loving group of players who literally attempted to hijack baseball and almost pulled it off over the course of one very ‘turbulent season.’”—Rick Huhn, author of Eddie Collins and The Sizzler: George Sisler, Baseball’s Forgotten Great

“One of baseball’s most respected historians turns his attention to two pivotal years in the nineteenth century with most edifying results. Alexander’s typically exhaustive research and clear, vigorous prose bring the 1890 and 1891 seasons to life and demonstrate their crucial role in the development of our National Pastime. Turbulent Seasons succeeds in bringing the turmoil of those long ago seasons into focus for contemporary baseball lovers.”—C. Paul Rogers III, author of The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870745720
Publisher:
Southern Methodist University Press
Publication date:
04/27/2011
Series:
Sport in American Life Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

C. Paul Rogers III
One of baseball's most respected historians turns his attention to two pivotal years in the nineteenth century. Alexander's typically exhaustive research and clear, vigorous prose bring the 1890 and 1891 seasons to life and demonstrate their crucial role in the development of our National Pastime. Turbulent Seasons succeeds in bringing the turmoil of those long ago seasons into focus for contemporary baseball lovers. --C. Paul Rogers III, co-author of The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant
Lyle Spatz
A clear and detailed account of the events leading to and resulting from the formation of the Players' League. The years 1889-1892 were a time of labor unrest in the country and baseball was not exempt. Alexander offers an account of the conflicts between owners and players, owners and owners, and players and players, while illuminating the exploits and foibles of all. A.G. Spalding, John Montgomery Ward, King Kelly, Cap Anson, Charles Comiskey, numerous other legendary figures, and a series of exciting pennant races all come to life in this very informative and entertaining book. --Lyle Spatz, author of Bad Bill Dahlen: The Rollicking Life and Times of a Early Baseball Star
Reed s. Browning
Turbulent Seasons recovers for us the energy, excitement, and drama of a brief period in the early history of major league baseball when, before the eyes of a nation of adoring fans, the owners and the players battled over compensation and organizational structures. When the period began, two leagues dominated the scene. Then, at the initiative of the players, a third circuit emerged. And, when the dust finally settled, twenty-three franchises had been conflated into a mere twelve, and a single organization--the sprawling National League--ruled the baseball world. Turbulent Seasons has all a fan could want from a book-colorful stories, tense competition, memorable characters, and compelling analysis. --Reed S. Browning, author of Cy Young: A Baseball Life.
Rick Huhn
Charles Alexander has an uncanny knack of putting his subject into its historical context. He shines a bright and often amusing light on a cast of characters comprising some of baseball's most colorful players and owners, including a hard-living, fun-loving group of players who literally attempted to hijack baseball and almost pulled it off over the course of one very 'turbulent season.' --Rick Huhn, author of Eddie Collins and The Sizzler: George Sisler, Baseball's Forgotten Great.

Meet the Author

Charles C. Alexander, distinguished professor emeritus of history, Ohio University, has authored biographies of Ty Cobb, John McGraw, Rogers Hornsby, and Tris Speaker, as well as Our Game: An American Baseball History and Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era. Turbulent Seasons, Baseball in 1890-1891 is his thirteenth book. He now lives in Hamilton, Ohio.

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