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A People's History of Baseball Hardcover – February 23, 2012
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"Chronicles the historic power struggles among those seeking to define and regulate pro baseball. . . . A fine book."--Library Journal
"Nathanson's arguments are intriguing throughout."--The Journal of American History
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I particularly found the sub-chapter on Bill James illuminating. Bill James' early work invited and encouraged an influx of "outsider" involvement: data-based, but allowing combinations and relationships to be established which changed the weighting of existing stats. Certainly an inflection point in baseball myth-making, this also marks a change in tone within the book, wherein Nathanson closes the loop on re-telling our history of manufactured myths, and begins a more specific examination or our current culture and media. Nathanson clearly identifies James' own selective viewing and myth-making - that is, James does not set out to remove myth-making from baseball, but to modify the myth-maker.
This is also one of those rare books that made me dig through the bibliography, and check some of the sources and notes. I think most of us can count on one hand the number of books that have had deeply interesting bibliographies - a reflection, I think, if the quality of research here.