Richter's History and Records of Base Ball, the American Nation's Chief Sport: The American Nation's Chief Sport

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McFarland, Jan 4, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 476 pages
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Richter's History and Records of Base Ball, the American Nation's Chief Sport, originally published in 1914, is the most comprehensive and ambitious among the early books about baseball. "This volume," Richter writes, "is designed to supply the growing need of a concise, yet complete, record of our National Game" and "to serve this purpose in such a form as to make it valuable, possibly indispensable, as a book of special information, of ready reference, and of general interest to all love's and students of the great game." The book is divided into three parts. Part I covers the origins of baseball, the first professional league, the National and American leagues, the American Association, baseball tours, warring leagues, the World Series, and the minor leagues. Part II includes team and individual performance records through 1914, Richter's takes on the great pitchers of early baseball, and brief commentary on two classic poems inspired by the game. Part III includes the history and text of the first National Agreement, the development of baseball playing rules, and information on the pioneering players, owners, executives, and writers.
  

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Contents

THE FOUNDERS OF BASE BALL
2
THE ORIGIN OF BASE BALL
3
THE CINCINNATI CLUB OF 869
29
THE FIRST PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE
35
THE NATIONAL LEAGUE
49
THE EIGHT NATIONAL LEAGUE PRESIDENTS
55
FAMOUS NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE 80S
62
NATIONAL LEAGUE CLUB PRESIDENTS OF THE 90S
72
THE MINOR BASE BALL LEAGUES
195
PART II
205
THE GENERAL RECORDS OF BASE BALL
207
THE BATTING AND FIELDING RECORDS
225
THE PITCHING RECORDS OF BASE BALL
239
THE GREAT PITCHERS OF BASE BALL
263
THE CLASSICS OF BASE BALL
272
PART III
277

NATIONAL LEAGUE CLUB PRESIDENTS OF THE 90S
79
FAMOUS NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE PRESENT
89
PRESIDENT JOHN K TENER OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE
96
THE AMERICAN LEAGUE
99
THE OLD AMERICAN ASSOCIATION
117
THE BASE BALL TOURS
133
THE WARS OF BASE BALL
149
THE WORLDS CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
173
THE LAWS OF ORGANIZED BALL
279
PLAYING RULES DEVELOPMENT
311
THE LEADERS OF BASE BALL
393
THE PLAYERS OF BASE BALL
407
THE WRITERS OF BASE BALL
419
Name Index Compiled by the Editors
431
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Francis C. Richter was well known in his day as the editor of the Reach guides and as the publisher and editor of The Sporting Life. Gary Mitchem is senior acquisitions editor at McFarland and a member of SABR.Marty McGee is a writer and researcher who previously had an award-winning career in journalism. He lives in Purlear, North Carolina. Mark Durr is senior cover designer at McFarland and a member of SABR.

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