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Seasons in the Sun: The Story of Big League Baseball in Missouri (SPORTS & AMERICAN CULTURE) Hardcover – April 30, 2002


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  • Series: SPORTS & AMERICAN CULTURE (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri (April 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826213928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826213921
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,623,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Seasons in the Sun should be on the bookshelf of any true baseball fan."—Bruce Clayton

“Launius has a knack for finding the perfect detail that captures the spirit of an era or the quirks of a team’s owners and players.”--Joe Schuster, Cardinals Magazine

“…this book is more than a history; it puts faces and names of baseball greats together with stories of games won and lost and league politics.”--Missouri Life

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Roger D. Launius is Chief Historian for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He is the author or editor of many books, including Alexander William Doniphan: Portrait of a Missouri Moderate (University of Missouri Press) and most recently Imagining Space: Achievements, Predictions, Possibilities, 1950-2000.

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Roger D. Launius is a senior curator in the Division of Space History at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Between 1990 and 2002 he served as chief historian of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. A graduate of Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, he received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 1982 and worked as a civilian historian with the United States Air Force until 1990.

He has written or edited more than twenty books on aerospace history, among others including "Smithsonian Atlas of Space Exploration" (HarperCollins, 2009); "Robots in Space: Technology, Evolution, and Interplanetary Travel" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008); "Space Stations: Base Camps to the Stars" (Smithsonian Books, 2003; 2nd ed. 2009), which received the AIAA's history manuscript prize; "Flight: A Celebration of 100 Years in Art and Literature" (Welcome Books, 2003); "Reconsidering a Century of Flight" (University of North Carolina Press, 2003); "To Reach the High Frontier: A History of U.S. Launch Vehicles" (University Press of Kentucky, 2002); "Imagining Space: Achievements, Possibilities, Projections, 1950-2050" (Chronicle Books, 2001); "Innovation and the Development of Flight" (Texas A&M University Press, 1999); "NASA & the Exploration of Space" (Stewart, Tabori, & Chang, 1998); "Frontiers of Space Exploration" (Greenwood Press, 1998, rev. ed. 2004); "Spaceflight and the Myth of Presidential Leadership" (University of Illinois Press, 1997); and "NASA: A History of the U.S. Civil Space Program" (Krieger Publishing Co., 1994, rev. ed. 2001).

He is also involved in other historical studies. His book, "Joseph Smith III: Pragmatic Prophet" (University of Illinois Press, 1988), won the prestigious Evans Award for biography. He has also published "Differing Visions: Dissenters in Mormon History" (University of Illinois Press, 1994), "Cultures in Conflict: A Documentary History of the Mormon War in Illinois" (Utah State University Press, 1995), "Kingdom on the Mississippi Revisited: Nauvoo in Mormon History" (University of Illinois Press, 1996), and several others. "Alexander William Doniphan: Portrait of a Missouri Moderate" (University of Missouri Press, 1997), discusses the role of the vital center in American politics during the Mexican-American War and sectional conflict.

More recently he has been studying the relationship of baseball to American culture and has published, "Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman" (Walker and Co., 2010), and "Seasons in the Sun: The Story of Big League Baseball in Missouri" (University of Missouri Press, 2002).

He served as a consultant to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board in 2003 and presented the prestigious Harmon Memorial Lecture in Military History at the United States Air Force Academy in 2006. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Academy of Astronautics, and the American Astronautical Society, and Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is frequently consulted by the electronic and print media for his views on space issues, and has been a guest commentator on National Public Radio and all the major television networks.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Michael Green on May 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Roger Launius, who is the chief historian of NASA, has moved from space into examining the history of professional baseball in the state of Missouri. A great read. Launius tells all the stories concerning the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Browns, KC Royals, Monarchs, and KC A's and others. He blends compelling stories and anecdotes about each team's history(both Major League and Negro league) and their places in the overall history of baseball. Maybe the best concise history of baseball in a state ever written. A must for every baseball fan. I especially enjoyed the section on the Kansas City Athletics and their owner Charlie O. Finley. Buy this book.
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Roger Launius is quite a remarkable guy. He's the Chief Historian for NASA and the author of many books and articles in a variety of fields. When he's not writing about science or space, he often devotes his research energies to historical topics related to the Midwest. SEASONS IN THE SUN is a fine and readable story of the history of baseball in Missouri. In particular, Launius does a fine job of capturing the way baseball developed in the late 1800s and early 1900s, before the commercialization of the game today, and his later chapters on the Kansas Royals and St. Louis Cardinals are informative and nicely written. For fans of baseball in the Midwest, or for long-time Cardinal fans, this book will be very satisfying.
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