Baseball: A History of America's Favorite Game

Baseball: A History of America's Favorite Game

by George Vecsey
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Baseball: A History of America's Favorite Game by George Vecsey

One of the great bards of America's Grand Old Game, George Vecsey, gives a rousing account of the sport, from its pre-Republic roots to the present day. Baseball is a testament to the unbreakable bond between our nation's pastime and the fans, who've remained loyal despite the fifty-year-long interdict on black athletes, the Black Sox scandal, franchise relocation, and the use of performance-enhancing drugs by some of today's major stars. Reverent, playful, and beautifully written, Baseball begs to be read in the span of a rain-delayed doubleheader but is so satisfying that one hopes it never ends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679643388
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/15/2006
Series: Modern Library Chronicles Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

George Vecsey, a sports columnist for The New York Times, has written about such events as the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics but considers baseball, the sport he’s covered since 1960, his favorite game. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner’s Daughter (with Loretta Lynn), which was made into an Academy Award—winning film. He has also served as a national and religion reporter for The New York Times, interviewing the Dalai Lama, Tony Blair, Billy Graham, and a host of other noteworthy figures. He lives in New York with his wife, an artist.

Table of Contents

Prologue     xi
Six Degrees     1
Berbers with Bats     15
The First Entrepreneur     27
Columbus, Pocahontas, and Doubleday     39
Growing Pains     49
The Black Sox     57
The Babe     65
Mr. Rickey     75
The Negro Leagues     85
Radio Days     95
War     107
Jackie Robinson     117
Baseball Hits the Interstate     129
Free Agency Arrives     139
Why the Yankees Exist     149
The World Catches Up     161
Same Game, Yuppified     175
Who's in Charge?     189
Four Scandals     199
October Exorcisms     213
Epilogue     221
Acknowledgments     223
Bibliography     225
Notes     229
Index     243

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Baseball: A History of America's Favorite Game 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Organized baseball is a multi-billion dollar business that matters a lot in the lives of guys like me who begin each day by reading the sports pages. We know better than to accept the myths of yesteryear's sports reporters. We don't care to get entangled in the arcane number-crunching of today's baseball analysts. Mr. Vecsey in this book takes us through 150 years of organized baseball. He gently reminds us that baseball is a business populated by great and not so great individuals whose doings can simultaneously bring glee and heartbreak to those of us who are fans. Buy this book. It will tell you why organized baseball means so much to us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great stories. I wish he would have acknowleged the women who also contributed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book reads like the worst of scattershot, jargon-filled, nickname-dropping sports reporting. Nearly impossible to follow, the so-called narrative jumps around so much that rather than reading like the history it purports to be, the book is more like a jumbled highlights reel filled with enough obscure references that only someone who already knows this stuff can follow it. I had hoped to learn something about the history of baseball. What I have gleaned from it instead are a few interesting facts and a whole lot of confusion about who's who, when they did what, and how it all fits into the game I love to both play and watch. Probably a fun read if you already have a head full of facts about the history of baseball. I'm new to the subject, and after sweating through half the book, constantly backtracking to figure out what he's talking about, I give up.
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