Diamonds in the Rough: The Untold History of Baseball

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U of Nebraska Press, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 437 pages
Pairing their detailed, informative research with a sophisticated anecdotal approach, Joel Zoss and John Bowman have written a fascinating, original, literate, and concise compendium of the history and issues surrounding America's national pastime. Addressed°are such diverse topics as the origins of the game, the contributions of minorities and women, the evolution of umpiring, baseball's influence on literature and music, substance abuse, on- and off-field tragedy, and the game's international presence. Diamonds in the Rough is an invaluable and stimulating resource both for those who already study the game and for those who would like to learn its revealing history.
 

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Deep dive essays into a number of neglected topics--umpires, for instance--some I couldn't quite get into. Some I found compelling. Definitely worth a look for fans of baseball history. Read full review

Contents

Preface
1825
POP CULTURE
1859
CREATION TALES 39
1867
ARMS AND THE GAME 77
1905
THE BALLPARK AS MELTING POT
115
DONT LOOK BACK
135
ROBINSONIA
159
WOMEN AND THE GAME
196
BASEBALL LIT
252
THE UMPIRES
288
DEMON RUM AND THE OTHER SUBSTANCE
311
TRAGIC ENDINGS
335
THE MUSIC OF THE GAME
366
THE INTERNATIONAL GAME
384
Epilogue
419
Index
427

IMAGES OF THE GAME
228

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Novelist Joel Zoss and historian John Bowman have collaborated on a number of baseball°books, including The American and National Leagues: A Complete History and The Pictorial History of Baseball.

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