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on February 23, 2003
Benjamin Rader's second edition of his definitive history of America's favorite national pastime continues to score. Big. The lively, compact history has been expanded, now including baseball in the 1990s, the Latino invasion, the building of retro parks, the dizzying race for home runs (think Sosa and McGwire), the return (again) of the New York Yankees and team dynasties. This may be a somewhat scholarly analysis of the sport, but it's also highly approachable and highly readable and rich in detail. Rader takes readers into the game both inside and outside the foul lines; he also corrects errors he made the first time 'round, most notably in chapters 14 and 15. (Readers of the first edition will know exactly what we mean, and can start whooping it up now.) As for the rest of you, all together now: Take me out to the ballgame ....
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on July 21, 2003
Great book, I actually read this book during the All-Star Break and it conjured up reminants of nostalgia from my own Little League days. Rader examines a "semi-comprehensive" look at Baseball's flucuating stages, touching economical and social issues, while recounting memorable games. Rader's compelling account of Ruth's "called shot" of the 1932 World Series made me feel as if I was at Wrigley! He also reminds us that American History and Baseball will forever remain synonomous, remembering the Great Depression and how the game once struggled as well. The "War Years" also serve as a testament to Baseball's effect on American society and how the game diverted many fellow Americans attention. Throughout the book, Rader illustrates graphs and charts, highlighting a club's attendance, realignment issues, and salary-cap/player income. Solid piece of historic literature on the development of the game and American history as well, his objective sold me completley, moreover, rekindled my passion for the game on all levels.
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-Marshall University-
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I am currently taking a course at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, entitled: The History of Baseball. Thus far, Benjamin Rader's book has provided valuable insight into the complete early history of the rise of baseball. Anyone seeking to explore the beginnings of the game, and what the game has become from its beginning, should use "Baseball: A History of America's Game" as the primary source.
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on December 7, 2013
Concise history of the game. Probably a real enthusiast would know most of what's in here, but both my husband and I (TV watchers, who attend 3-4 games a year in the stadium) enjoyed it very much.
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on October 25, 2013
Brilliant book, very quirky, insightful, very informative, and a heck of a lot of fun to read! The author did a lot of research to find some of the things entailed in this book!
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on June 27, 2014
As a baseball fanatic, this book is a really good read. It's got some very interesting facts , Like how the Pirates got their name, and it covers a very broad range of topics.
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on July 22, 2014
Great product, as advertised!
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on December 24, 2013
Have not read it yet; just browsed. Hope my son-in-law shares with me after his read. It looks great with other good reviews.
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Great! This will work well with our school. It will meet the needs of our students and faculty as required.
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on June 29, 2015
bad you!!!!!
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