A fine reporter and writer, Solomon does a remarkable job of bringing the past into the present, exploring how little has changed in terms of baseball business and organizational stupidity through the years. With its marvelous cast of real--and fully realized--characters, Where They Ain't reads as much like a novel as it does like history, and though we know how it ends, it remains an important story worth telling, learning from, and certainly remembering. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In short, this book reads like a compelling novel but it actually happened just as Mr. Solomon describes.
This account of that period, the Orioles and the team's best hitter, "Wee Willie" Keeler, is a good read for all fans who love baseball history.
I would highly recommend this book for any one interested in US history or merely in the history of baseball.
There were no clear breaks between different threads of the story. It didn't lend itself to an easy read. AveragePublished 9 months ago by ddnewsom
This is one of the best books about the history of baseball that I have ever read. Not only does it discuss the Orioles of the 1890s, but also how that team truly led the way in... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Steve E. Habay
This book is a surprise as it is much more than a simple history of the first Oriole franchise (the first went off to NY and emerged as the NY Yankees while the second came in 1954... Read morePublished on October 21, 2011 by Ted Ricks
I've read this book twice and both times I couldn't put it down. Mr. Solomon spins a tale worthy of any novel and it's all true. Read morePublished on June 25, 2010 by Mr. Terry L. Hartzell
My favorite era in baseball is the Deadball
Era, with the years from 1903-1919, but another wild time was the 1890s, highlighted by the amazing Baltimore Orioles. Read more
"Where They Ain't," as baseball fans know, is part of the phrase used by Willie Keeler as an explanation of where he hit the ball. Read morePublished on April 16, 2007 by Winslow Bunny
Where They Ain't: The Fabled Life and Untimely Death of the Original Baltimore Orioles.
After avoiding 19th century baseball like the plague, I'm suddenly highly... Read more
This look at the rise and fall of the original Orioles, and of the changes in baseball that shepharded in the "modern" era is both fascinating and very well-written. Read morePublished on September 17, 2003 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Although I have always enjoyed baseball history, I have never had much interest in baseball before the first World Series in 1903. Read morePublished on May 26, 2003 by John Settle