Baseball

A History of America's Favorite Game
Product Number: EB00162487
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780307494061
Publisher: Modern Library
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"Football is force and fanatics, basketball is beauty and bounce. Baseball is everything: action, grace, the seasons of our lives. George Vecsey's book proves it, without wasting a word." -Lee Eisenberg, author of The Number In Baseball, one of the great bards of America's Grand Old Game gives a rousing account of the sport, from its pre-Republic roots to the present day. George Vecsey casts a fresh eye on the game, illuminates its foibles and triumphs, and performs a marvelous feat: making a classic story seem refreshingly new. Baseball is a narrative of America's can-do spirit, in which stalwart immigrants such as Henry Chadwick could transplant cricket and rounders into the fertile American culture and in which die-hard unionist baseballers such as Charles Comiskey and Connie Mack could eventually become the tightfisted avatars of the game's big-money establishment. It's a celebration of such underdogs as a rag-armed catcher turned owner named Branch Rickey and a sure-handed fielder named Curt Flood, both of whom flourished as true great men of history. But most of all, Baseball is a testament to the unbreakable bond between our nation's pastime and the fans, who've remained loyal through the fifty-year-long interdict on black athletes, the Black Sox scandal, franchise relocation, and the use of performance-enhancing drugs by some major stars. Reverent, playful, and filled with Vecsey's charm, Baseball begs to be read in the span of a rain-delayed doubleheader, and so enjoyable that, like a favorite team's championship run, one hopes it never ends. "Vecsey possesses a journalist's eye for detail and a historian's feel for the sweep of action. His research is scrupulous and his writing crisp. This book is an instant classic-- a highly readable guide to America's great enduring pastime." - The Louisville Courier Journal

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Author(s): George Vecsey
Genre: History, Sports
Original Publish Date: Dec 24, 2008

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Author(s): George Vecsey
Narrator(s): Alan Nebelthau
Genre: Sports, History
Product Number C3871
Released: Nov 15, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781428115354
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Author(s): George Vecsey
Narrator(s): Alan Nebelthau
Genre: Sports, History
Product Number Z2501
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781449869298

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