America's national game: historic facts concerning the beginning, evolution, development, and popularity of base ball, with personal reminiscences of its vicissitudes, its victories, and its votaries

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University of Nebraska Press, 1992 - Sports & Recreation - 550 pages
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Albert G. Spalding's addiction to what he saw as a peculiarly American sport began early on the sandlot in Rockford, Illinois. One of the first professional baseball players and later a manager and club owner, he branched out to become a leading manufacturer of sporting goods. America's National Game, published a few years before his death in 1915, lays out the beginnings of baseball and its advancement while dispensing Spalding's vivid reminiscences and firm opinions. The essential nature of the game, he thought, was warfare. And the opponents took many forms: among them the evil syndicates trying to control the sport, and more inwardly and importantly, the temptations familiar to every young man.

Baseball's lasting debt to Spalding becomes clear in Benjamin G. Rader's introduction to this Bison Book edition, which makes America's National Game available in its entirety for the first time in paperback and adds an index.

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Benjamin G. Rader, a professor of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the author of American Sports: From the Age of Folk Games to the Age of Televised Sports (1990).

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