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Baseball: The Early Years

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These two critically-acclaimed volumes mark the beginning of a monumental multi-volume study of baseball by the man whom Sports Illustrated has called "the Edward Gibbon of baseball history." Now available in paperback, Harold Seymour's The Early Years and The Golden Age together recount the true story of how baseball came into being and how it developed into a highly orga

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Published December 31st 1960 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 1960)
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Greg
Aug 13, 2011 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball, 2012
I initially assumed that this book would be a history of the on-the-field aspects of early baseball: equipment, rule changes, functional changes, game strategy, etc. While the first part of the book focuses on this, the remaining three-quarters of the book focuses on the business aspects of early baseball: labor disputes, tensions between leagues, and legal challenges. It was well-written and well-researched, but it was tedious to read and not what I was looking for. But, if it is what you're lo ...more
Todd Thompson
Oct 03, 2013 Todd Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gilded-age, baseball
I was looking for a book on the early history of baseball and how it became a business. This one was recommended to me, and I appreciated reading a book that did not overly romanticize the game. At several points in the book, the author offers some breaks in the historical account of baseball politics and economics and tells the reader some interesting facts and stories about the game on the field. The book is made better because of its appeal to both the scholar and the fans of baseball.
Kyle Tait
Oct 06, 2010 Kyle Tait rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad. There were a lot of out-of-date ideas and facts (expected from a book written in the 1950s). Also, the writing wasn't the most professional. But from a historical overview standpoint, I thought it was outstanding and really painted a nice picture of how baseball got its start. I can really use some of the ideas and stories on broadcasts during a lull in the game.
John
Jul 11, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
This is the best book on the early history of the game that I have read. It is very detailed yet the style is readable. Recommended.
Andrew
Aug 16, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of three volumes that explore the history of baseball. This one was my favorite because I learned so much about the pre 1920s baseball history.
William
Jan 25, 2008 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the days of HGH and all, it is nice to think about the days of whiskey and gambling. And McGraw getting all crazy. What has really changed in the great game of baseball?
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