Baseball's New Frontier: A History of Expansion, 1961-1998

Baseball's New Frontier: A History of Expansion, 1961-1998


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Baseball's New Frontier: A History of Expansion, 1961-1998 by Fran Zimniuch

When Major League Baseball first expanded in 1961 with the addition of the Los Angeles Angels and the Washington Senators, it started a trend that saw the number of franchises almost double, from sixteen to thirty, while baseball attendance grew by 44 percent. The story behind this staggering growth, told for the first time in Baseball’s New Frontier, is full of twists and unexpected turns, intrigue, and, in some instances, treachery. From the desertion of New York by the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants to the ever-present threat of antitrust legislation, from the backroom deals and the political posturing to the impact of the upstart Continental League, the book takes readers behind the scenes and into baseball’s decision-making process.

Fran Zimniuch gives a lively team-by-team chronicle of how the franchises were awarded, how existing teams protected their players, and what the new teams’ winning (or losing) strategies were. With its account of great players, notable characters, and the changing fortunes of teams over the years, the book supplies a vital chapter in the history of Major League Baseball. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803239944
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Fran Zimniuch’s many books include Fireman: The Evolution of the Closer in Baseball; Going, Going, Gone! The Art of the Trade in Major League Baseball; and Crooked: A History of Cheating in Sports.

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BaseballPete More than 1 year ago
He wowed us with stories of trades and cheating in the past, now Fran has effectively told the tale of expansion in baseball. From the original 16 teams, to the threat of the Continental League, to the new teams popping up in new cities, baseball went from 16 teams in 1960 to 30 teams by 1998. Mr. Z brings in all together in a narrative that deals with the politics, social pressures, and money involved in the game of baseball. A solid overview of the expansion of the great American pastime.