Baseball: A History of America's Game

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University of Illinois Press, 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 274 pages
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"In this second edition of his lively, compact history of America's game--widely recognized as the best of its kind--Benjamin G. Rader expands his scope to include commentary on baseball in the 1990s: the building of retroparks, the return of the Yankees, the dizzying race for new home-run records, and other topics."
 

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Contents

The Fraternity and Its Game
5
A Commercial Spectacle
20
The First Professional Teams
31
The First Professional Leagues
43
The Players Revolt
61
The Great Baseball War
79
Baseballs Coming of Age
92
The Big Fix
110
Baseballs Great Experiment
155
The Last Days of the Old Game
170
Baseball in Trouble
186
The Empowerment of the Players
201
The Demise of Dynasties
218
A New Era
235
Bibliographical Essay
257
Index
265

The Age of Ruth
124
An Age of Dynasties
137

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About the author (2002)

Benjamin Rader is the James L. Sellars Professor of History at University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He is well published in the area of US cultural and sports history and is Editor with Randy Roberts of the Sport and Society Series with the University of Illinois Press.

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