Long somewhat disjointed early history of baseball including the infamous Black Sox scandal. It makes clear that the game is truly a business which once its post Black Sox scandal days gave it monopoly status, it became as now the private tax shelter preserve for high income owners.
Harold Seymour made the right move as a kid when he waited on Bedford Avenue outside the right field fence at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to catch home runs hit off the bats of Dolph Camilli and Pete Reiser. Thus began a love affair with the game that has blossomed into three great books including "The People's Game," maybe the best. Seymour goes into great detail about aspects of the game as they relate not to the big leagues or even to the bushes but to stories and anecdotes that anybody who has ever played the game can relate to, especially us old timers. If you're my age, you probably remember continually taping up the .35 ball after the cover came off, generally about the second inning. If it was a really big game, you probably used white medical tape that you had purloined from the medicine chest. But in all likelihood, you used the much more utilitarian black friction tape from the garage.The ball had to last the whole game as no one had another thirty five cents for a second one. And do you remember when there just weren't enough gloves to go around and you had to share a mitt with your opposing player? A myriad of rememberances await readers of this love letter to our National Pastime. But they are six hundred of the liveliest, most interesting pages any player or fan of the game will ever read. Go read this home run of a book! It's a gem.