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First Pitch: How Baseball Began Paperback – May 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1070L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Ball Books (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193631004X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936310043
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,042,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First Pitch: How Baseball Began John Thorn. Beach Ball Books Packed with vintage images and photographs, this history of baseball takes readers from the origins of the sport to the present day. Thorn, the official historian for Major League Baseball, describes how, although many individuals erroneously received credit for inventing baseball, it actually originated with children; the first games can be traced by the laws that banned them (for instance, laws that said it was illegal to play ball on the Sabbath). Thorn, who writes clearly and eloquently, credits members of New York's Knickerbocker club for recording baseball's rules; a charming photograph depicts the 1845 Knicks, whose waistcoats, broad-brimmed hats, and cravats are a far cry from contemporary uniforms. Fans who think they know baseball may discover they have much to learn. Ages 8 14. (June)

About the Author

John Thorn is America's foremost baseball historian, and the author many award-winning titles on the sport, including Total Baseball, The Hidden Game of Baseball, and Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was the senior consultant on the Ken Burns documentary, Baseball, and was given the Bob Davids Award, the highest honor given by the Society for American Baseball Research. In 2011, he was named the Official Historian of Major League Baseball by Commissioner Bud Selig.

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By Ohioan on February 11, 2012
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This is a picture book for older kids, ages 8 and up and, frankly, adults will enjoy the book, too. Coming in at under 48 pages, this full-color book is divided into five chapters and an epilogue, and in those five chapters and epilogue the reader is introduced to the origins of baseball, the supposed origins of baseball, and the growth and evolution of the game. The book is the work of the Official Historian of Major League Baseball, John Thorn. The illustrations, most of them old photographs, are magnificent: they bring the 19th century and baseball to life. The page design is particularly attractive, leading readers to either follow the main argument of each chapter, or to wander off into fascinating sidebars of facts. There, unlike a runner who wanders off the bag and gets tagged, they will always be safe. Very enjoyable.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By someone on April 22, 2012
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i thought it could have been better but i think fink drink red said sea go fifteen cent rent fight night you
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