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Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball Clubs [2 volumes]

Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball Clubs [2 volumes]

by Steven Riess

Hardcover(2 Volumes)

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From exploits on the field, to machinations in the front office, to data on the cities where they play, the Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball Clubs presents the team history of each of the 30 MLB teams. Intelligent, in-depth essays provide social and economic histories of each club that go beyond the recounting of team glories or failures year by year.

Team origins, annual campaigns, and players and managers all figure into the story, but so do owners, financiers, politicians, neighborhoods and fans. Teams are also looked at as business enterprises, with special attention given to labor issues like the reserve clause and free agency, as well as stadium construction and financing. Social and political issues are covered as well, including racism and integration, ethnic makeup of fans and players, gambling, liquor sales, and Sunday play. National events, like World War I, World War II, the Great Depression and the Cold War, and their impact on the national pastime, are also brought into the picture where they are relevant. Media coverage and broadcasting rights are discussed, as is the great influence the flood of media money has had on the sport.

As America's sport, baseball reflects not just our ideas and beliefs about competition, it also reflects our national and regional identities. Readers will be able to find useful information about: important players, managers, owners; community relations/charity work; business and labor issues (television income, free agency); race relations; baseball/sports economics (including stadium construction, team relocations; and teams in local and national culture (Fenway Park, Wrigley Field as local icons, Yankees as a national team).

Every essay is signed, and concludes with suggested readings and a bibliography. The work is illustrated, has a comprehensive bibliography, and is thoroughly indexed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313329913
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2006
Edition description: 2 Volumes
Pages: 1104
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.30(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

Steven A. Riess is Professor of History at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. He is the author of Touching Base: Professional Baseball and American Culture in the Progressive Era (1980, rev. ed., 1999), City Games: The Evolution of American Urban Society and the Rise of Sports (1989), and Sport in Industrial America, 1850-1920 (1995), and has edited several books including Sports and the American Jew (1998). He edited the Journal of Sport History from 1985-1992, and is the editor of the series Sports and Entertainment for Syracuse University Press. He is co-director of the Chicago seminar on Sports and Culture.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Brief History of Major League Baseball Teams by Steven A. Riess

National League

Arizona Diamondbacks by Laura Purcell and John H. Jordan

Atlanta Braves by David Stevens

Chicago Cubs by John E. Findling

Cincinnati Reds by Edward J. Reilly

Colorado Rockies by Thomas Altheer

Florida Marlins by Kevin Witherspoon

Houston Astros by Ben D. Lisle

Los Angeles Dodgers by Steve Gietschier

Milwaukee Brewers by Christopher Miller and John McCarthy

New York Mets by Maureen Smith

Philidelphia Phillies by John P. Rossi

Pittsburgh Pirates by Richard Peterson

San Diego Padres by Sarah Trembanis

San Francisco Giants by Andrew Goldblatt

St. Louis Cardinals by Jon David Cash

Washington Nationals by Michel Vigneault

American League

Baltimore Orioles by William A. Borst

Boston Red Sox by Robert K. Barney and David E. Barney

Chicago White Sox by Richard Lindberg

Cleveland Indians by Philip Suchma

Detroit Tigers by Steven A. Riess

Kansas City Royals by Myles Schrag

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by Joel Franks

Minnesota Twins by Christin Anderson and Chris Kimball

New York Yankees by Steven A. Riess

Oakland Athletics by Robert F. Lewis II

Seattle Mariners by Adam R. Hornbuckle

Tampa Bay Devil Rays by Paul Pederson

Texas Rangers by Jarrod Schenewark

Toronto Blue Jays by Russell Field



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