"This fine social history tells a very powerful story, and one that will stir a lot of interest. It is full of lively analysis and overflowing with fascinating research. The author has done a splendid job of putting his material into an enticing format that draws the reader into an absorbing narrative. He makes a compelling case that the stories of baseball and the epic of the Civil War were inextricably bound."--Catherine Clinton, author of Fanny Kembel's Civil Wars
"This book, written in a straightforward and accessible style, is clearly the most complete book on baseball in the Civil War era yet written."--Jules Tygiel, author of Past Time: Baseball as History
"This is an impressive work on Civil War baseball that shows a sport developing and growing even as war raged--a testament to the popularity of the game. Kirsch recounts the stories of the early players who answered the call for service, does a fine and honest job of discussing the baseball-in-prison issue, and covers the early history of the game itself in a pleasing manner."--Randy Roberts, author of John Wayne America--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A fun book that combines 2 of my passions-baseball and history. This explores the history of baseball from the early 1800's to around 1870. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Glenn D. Robinson
I love to find books that tie baseball to just about any topic under the sun so I was quite eager to read this one. It was very disappointing. Read morePublished 12 months ago by lindapanzo