Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, April 25, 2006
'makes a compelling case for Anson’s primacy as the most important figure in baseball history – even greater than Babe Ruth'
Todd Leopold, CNN.com, April 6, 2006
'[Rosenberg] continues his series on [the 19th-century] era’s baseball with the controversial Chicago captain and manager at its center'
Gabriel Schechter, History Review of New Books, Heldref Publications, Fall 2006
'a balanced reckoning of Anson’s role in creating the ‘color barrier’ that excluded African-Americans from professional baseball for sixty years.'
David Zweifel, Madison (Wisc.) Capital Times, March 28, 2007
'this hard-cover book is replete with great baseball history that will entertain and enlighten the true baseball fan'
Bob D’Angelo, Tampa Tribune, June 25, 2006
'Rosenberg's dogged attention to detail, no matter how trivial, gives the reader the most complete portrait ever about Cap Anson.'
Kirk Wessler, executive sports editor, Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star, May 19, 2006
'an exhaustingly researched and informative description of baseball in the 19th century.' Among the 'good sports reads this summer.'
About the Author
Howard W. Rosenberg, a native of Roslyn, N.Y., is writing a series of topical and biographical books on early baseball, with Cap Anson the organizing feature. A 1987 graduate of Cornell University, he has worked in Washington, D.C., as a wire service reporter for Jewish newspapers and as an editor for the federal government. He lives in Arlington, Va.