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5.0 out of 5 stars A Trot for the Good(s) of the Game, July 8, 2008
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This review is from: Spalding's World Tour: The Epic Adventure that Took Baseball Around the Globe - And Made It America's Game (Hardcover)
Talk about an ambitious undertaking, allegedly for the love of the game.

From October 1888 to April 1889, A.G. Spalding conducted a 57-game world tour of baseball all-stars to showcase America's game. Starting and ending in cities in the United States, the road show played games - on the field and off - in Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Egypt, Italy, Great Britain and Ireland.

Author Mark Lamster delivers a round-tripper on the twists, turns and pratfalls of Spalding's public-relations machine in bringing the sport to new fans.....which would - he hoped - boost sales of his sporting goods.

There is personal and professional intrigue - superstar John Ward was in the midst of divorcing his starlet wife, while plotting to seize control of Spalding's National League organization - games played before monarchs & fields that made for a comedy of errors, with baseballs batted at the great Sphinx.

This is a wonderful account of "America's Pastime" being trotted around the globe for the good(s) of the game.
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