Early Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball, 1825-1908

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Dean A. Sullivan
U of Nebraska Press, Feb 1, 1997 - Sports & Recreation - 326 pages
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"Readers [get] a box seat at the game that became a national obsession".-London Review of Books. "[Shows] just how compelling original documents can be when shaped into a narrative . . . that includes tales of attitudes, alliances, and deceits, as well as the development of performances, rules, and equipment".-Canadian Journal of the History of Sport. "Ancient myths are shattered and new facts are uncovered".-USA Today Baseball Weekly. "Fascinating collection".-Washington Post. "Stories from the early days that no serious baseball fan would want to miss".-Chattanooga Times. This compilation of 120 primary writings documents baseball's first century, from a loosely organized village social event to the arrival of the National League. Collecting from a wide range of sources-including newspaper accounts, letters, folk poetry, songs, and annual guides-Dean A. Sullivan of Fairfax, Virginia, progresses chronologically from the earliest known baseball reference (1825) to the creation of the Doubleday Myth (1908). Benjamin G. Rader, author of Baseball: A History of America's Game is a professor of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
 

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The University of Nebraska Press, which has brought back to print several classic baseball books in the past few years, now offers this original collection of fascinating documents that brings seldom ... Read full review

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Section 1
v
Section 2
xi
Section 3
xiii
Section 4
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Benjamin G. Rader, author of Baseball: A History of America's Game is a professor of history at the University of Nebraska?Lincoln.

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