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Baseball Fever: Early Baseball in Michigan

Baseball Fever: Early Baseball in Michigan

by Peter R. Morris


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ISBN-13: 9780472098262
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 03/07/2003
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1."The Good Old Days When the Result Was Merely a Question of Physical Endurance and Light"5
2."The New Way Must Be an Improvement over the Old": Michigan's First Regulation Baseball Club19
3."Gentlemen of Respectability and Standing": Michigan's First Baseball Matches33
4."Have a Good Time, Boys, but Don't Hurt the Trees": Baseball Spreads45
5."Adapted to the Wants of Young Men Generally"54
6."Their Ranks Became So Thinned That Disruption Followed": Baseball during the Civil War62
7."The Squabbles of Rival Clubs"74
8."The Patience of Hope": The Postwar Boom90
9."Almost Perfect": The Detroit Base Ball Club Looks Further Afield107
10."A Perfect Frenzy of Ball-Playing": The Geographic Expansion of the Game in 1866120
11."Too Much Talking on Both Sides": Growing Pains128
12."Not the Detroit First Nine": A Season of Change144
13."One Hears Little Else on the Street"161
14.Breaking "Fingers and the Third Commandment": How Muffin Games Helped Renew a Sense of Belonging179
15."Ability and Intelligence Should Be Recognized First and Last": Women and African Americans in Early Baseball195
16."Left in the Hands of a Few of Questionable Industry"207
17."Principally Confined to the Young Americans"228
18."Base Ball Is Popular Again"244
19."What Use Is All This Straining of Muscle"262
20."Where Are Our Base Ballists?"273
21."Playing in Our Own Shoes and Undershirts"285
22."The Resurrection of This Noble American Game"301
23."More for Instruction Than Anything Else"316
24."A Game Which Has Become Peculiarly American"332
25."Each Side Has Its Own Story"342
26."The Phenix-like Performances of the Pastime"357
Select Bibliography369
Index of Michigan Cities387

What People are Saying About This

Peter Morris is able to demonstrate what is an essential truth: that Americans' attachment to their national pastime is fundamentally and forever local. . . . The book is a marvel of scholarship and synthesis. — John Thorn, coeditor of Total Baseball: The Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball and author of Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame

Paul Dickson

Peter Morris has accomplished a major feat with Baseball Fever: by using one geographic area as a mirror, he reflects the early history of the game for the entire nation. — Paul Dickson, author of The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary and The Hidden Language of Baseball

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