Diamonds in the Rough: The Untold History of Baseball

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U of Nebraska Press, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 437 pages
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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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Contents

Preface
1910
POP CULTURE
1916
CREATION TALES 39
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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
TRAGIC ENDINGS 335
THE MUSIC OF THE GAME 366
THE INTERNATIONAL GAME 384
Epilogue 419
Index 427
Copyright

IMAGES OF THE GAME 228

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About the author (2004)

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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