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) --Publishersweekly.com
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.