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 most important baseball historian. The author of numerous books and the editor of a baseball history journal, in 2011, Thorn was named the Official Historian, Major League Baseball®. In that role, he ll expand on the league s education efforts about baseball history. He ll also run a special, star-studded committee that will explore baseball's roots even more deeply. Thorn was also a senior consultant on the Ken Burns documentary, Baseball. He is the author of The Hidden Game of Baseball, The Pitcher, Total Baseball (editor), and the current editor of Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game. The winner of the Society for American Baseball Research s Bob Davids Award for numerous contributions to the field, Thorn lives in upstate New York.