Top positive review
on March 14, 2016
Wow. This has to be my all-time, favorite baseball book now. I love the stories. National League 1884 had teams that would become the Phillies, Cubs, Braves and Giants plus the Buffalo Bisons, Providence Grays, Cleveland Blues and Detroit Wolverines. Going out West was three day train ride to Chicago. All the players were iron men. No player substitutions unless a severe injury. Rules were changing. Begin pitching overhand. Pitch from the box instead of a mound. At 50 feet. Batters still call for high or low strike zones. No free base for hit by pitch. No strikes for foul balls. No gloves to speak of. Catchers try to back up to catch pitches on the bounce. Brutal. Baseball greats Dan Brouthers, Ned Williamson, King Kelly, Cap Anson, Montgomery Ward, Ned Hanlon, etc. Before automobiles. Not long after Billy the Kid. Telephones have been around just a few years. Cities were polluted and dangerous. It was hard to earn a living. But baseball reporters around the league were rabidly enthusiastic in documenting all the fun!