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Seasons in the Sun: The Story of Big League Baseball in Missouri (SPORTS & AMERICAN CULTURE) Hardcover – April 30, 2002

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"Seasons in the Sun should be on the bookshelf of any true baseball fan."—Bruce Clayton

“Launius has a knack for finding the perfect detail that captures the spirit of an era or the quirks of a team’s owners and players.”--Joe Schuster, Cardinals Magazine

“…this book is more than a history; it puts faces and names of baseball greats together with stories of games won and lost and league politics.”--Missouri Life

About the Author

Roger D. Launius is Chief Historian for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He is the author or editor of many books, including Alexander William Doniphan: Portrait of a Missouri Moderate (University of Missouri Press) and most recently Imagining Space: Achievements, Predictions, Possibilities, 1950-2000.

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Product Details

  • Series: SPORTS & AMERICAN CULTURE (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri (April 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826213928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826213921
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,695,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Roger Launius, who is the chief historian of NASA, has moved from space into examining the history of professional baseball in the state of Missouri. A great read. Launius tells all the stories concerning the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Browns, KC Royals, Monarchs, and KC A's and others. He blends compelling stories and anecdotes about each team's history(both Major League and Negro league) and their places in the overall history of baseball. Maybe the best concise history of baseball in a state ever written. A must for every baseball fan. I especially enjoyed the section on the Kansas City Athletics and their owner Charlie O. Finley. Buy this book.
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Roger Launius is quite a remarkable guy. He's the Chief Historian for NASA and the author of many books and articles in a variety of fields. When he's not writing about science or space, he often devotes his research energies to historical topics related to the Midwest. SEASONS IN THE SUN is a fine and readable story of the history of baseball in Missouri. In particular, Launius does a fine job of capturing the way baseball developed in the late 1800s and early 1900s, before the commercialization of the game today, and his later chapters on the Kansas Royals and St. Louis Cardinals are informative and nicely written. For fans of baseball in the Midwest, or for long-time Cardinal fans, this book will be very satisfying.
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