Spalding's World Tour: The Epic Adventure that Took Baseball Around the Globe - And Made It America's Game
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Spalding's World Tour: The Epic Adventure that Took Baseball Around the Globe - And Made It America's Game

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In October of 1888, Albert Goodwill Spalding—baseball star, sporting-goods magnate, promotional genius, serial fabulist—departed Chicago on a trip that would take him and two baseball teams on a journey clear around the globe. Their mission, closely followed in the American and international press, had two (secret) goals: to fix the game in the American consciousness as th
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 3rd 2006 by PublicAffairs
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Inconsistent in both it's style and it's historical focus, I suspect this was originally a more scholarly work that was re-written with a magazine article style after the fact. Even with a bibliography it is often unclear what is original material from the author's own pen, and what he is quoting from prior sources. Not a significant issue for much of the breezy content, but confusing when the author would veer off into contextual issues of the day (especially late 19th century civic and nationa...more
I preface this with the following statement: I am a giganticly huge, massively epic, insultingly grandiose nerd when it comes to baseball.

Because of that I enjoy reading books about baseball to pass the time before baseball season begins again. And not just any books about baseball, books about baseball back when the men all had handlebar mustaches, and wore linen belts.

Spalding's World Tour brings back some of those men and some of that era with vivid detail. The journeys of 20 daring do-ers of...more
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. The story was interesting and the idea behind telling the story is good. Unfortunately, the book plods and doesn't tell the story efficiently or with enough interest. You read it, but you don't get sucked in. I think that the story was meant to be a long magazine article, and not necessarily a book. It was too much of a slog for the length. All that said, the photographs add a lot to the story and make the pace bearable.
Told with an awkward sense of humor and an overflown sense of its subject's own significance, this history is marked by a breeziness that borders on silliness. The perfunctory information on the evolution of the game, the contrasting cultures of America and the rest of the world, and the development of the actual Spalding company is so sparse as to be useless. This would have been better as a magazine article, but even then, it would have been a mediocre one.
I am not a huge baseball fan so that took a dent out of my rating, ha ha. Mark writes in a thoroughly engaging style and the book sheds light on sports, America, NYC, and cultural exchange.
Jul 06, 2007 Kathy rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: baseball fans
Some things never change -- greedy baseball players, greedy owners, rowdy fans who want to drink beer on Sundays. Almost hard to believe this all happened more than a century ago.
pretty good story and history so far.Travel and promotion in 1880's.
Mar 20, 2009 Emily marked it as to-read
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sounds great - thanks for another great baseball book rec, Elizabeth
What it says. 1889. Interesting pictures and anecdotes.
Didn't finish it.
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