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Middle Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball, 1900-1948 Hardcover – March 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803242581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803242586
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,907,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the follow-up volume to the superb Early Innings, which documents baseball history in the 19th century, Sullivan has, in essence, compiled a scrapbook that continues the story from the founding of the American League to the debut of Jackie Robinson and the death of Babe Ruth. As with its predecessor, Middle Innings serves up a melange of primary sources--mainly original newspaper and periodical accounts of important events--then adds contextual introductions for each.

The compendium is as breezy as a summer evening at the ballpark, as fascinating as a perfectly executed hit-and-run, and covers the bases impressively. The dazzling line-up includes: the Giants refusal to play the 1903 World Series, Walter Johnson's signing with the Washington Senators, the opening of Ebbetts Field, Babe Ruth's first home run (wonderfully accounted for by Damon Runyon), the first Negro League All-Star Game, the end of Lou Gehrig's consecutive-game streak, the introduction of aluminum bats, and a recap of a season in the All-American Girls' Baseball League. An extensively appealing collection, Middle Innings combines serious research with some marvelous journalism, and is as full of surprises as the game itself. --Jeff Silverman, Sports editor

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"An invaluable reference tool."—Newark Star-Ledger
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"[Middle Innings] begins with the formation of the American League and ends with the death of Babe Ruth. In between are some of the greatest baseball stories ever told."— Chattanooga Times
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"A broad array of illuminating and often unexpected materials . . . . The documents range far beyond the major leagues to recognize events in semipro, college, Japanese and minor league baseball. Negro League baseball receives its due as does the Mexican League, women's teams, boy's baseball fiction and wartime baseball. Every piece meets the highest standard and together [they] offer a rich review of the period."—Sports Collectors Digest
(Sports Collectors Digest)

"An enthralling collection of documents that take the reader through a colorful journey of baseball history. A great book."—Ernie Harwell
(Ernie Harwell)

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By Dennis E Lee on January 4, 2014
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Imagine a college course examining baseball's culture as it impacted America? Yes Virginia there is such a course"Baseball in America" at University of Memphis. Great history for any true baseball fan. A must have in you personal library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joel Katte on December 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Great resource, especially if you think you might find yourself on Jeopardy the day they have the BASEBALL HISTORY category.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on December 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Giants didn't refuse to play the 1903 World Series - it was the 1904 World Series - the Boston Pilgrims and Pittsburgh Pirates played in the '03 Series (the first WS)...
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