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on June 22, 2013
Great detail on a topic that is an important part of baseball's history, but not often written about. I wanted to rate this book higher but there were three things that held it back: (1) After 150 pages of great material, there was a nearly 20 page chapter that repeated the highlights of the first 150 pages. Totally unnecessary, absolutely nothing new. (2) The book was poorly edited. Lots of errors ... the kind that don't get caught by spellcheck ... and some mixing up of names. (3) The book strayed off topic sometimes into related and interesting areas, but the connection back to their impact on expansion was kind of sketchy.

Still recommended as the subject, particularly the early expansion years, was well covered
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on April 30, 2013
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.
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on February 17, 2016
I had been hoping for a book with greater detail on the politics and intricacies involved in baseball expansion. While this book briefly touched upon these topics, for the most part, it just keep brief summaries of the political aspects, including the antitrust exemption, legal maneuverings, and politicians making threats, it lacked the depth I had hoped for. Instead, it focused on capsules of the team's first year and a broad history of the team's history since it's inception. A decent general history of expansion, but it could have gone deeper.
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on September 2, 2013
Good and interesting information on the expansion era.

It could have been better edited, as there are some inconsistencies in how information is presented, and a few factual & spelling errors.

Still, it covers the subject in a unique way.
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on July 29, 2013
This book was very well written. I enjoyed learning about how the different expansion teams were formed. It was interested to learn how the moves of the Giants and Dodgers helped influence expansion.
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on October 17, 2013
This book gives a great run down of the reasons for expansion and details the struggles that start up clubs faced. An enjoyable read.
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on April 26, 2013
Fran Zimniuch writes the quintessential book about baseball's expansion spanning four decades. Fran's insightful book captures the history of baseball's expansion in great detail with wonderful stories about the 1962 NY Mets and the 1969 Montreal Expos. Baseball's New Frontier is a must read for any baseball fan.
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on October 28, 2013
Do not waste your time and money on this book. I was hoping for an in-depth book about the behind the scenes of expansion, this book does not deliver that. It provides nothing that a baseball fan does not already know about expansion.
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