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The Emerald Diamond: How the Irish Transformed America's Greatest Pastime

3.1  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The history of the Irish in baseball is much richer than anyone realizes. From early discrimination to later domination, from Mike Kelly, a society star in the 1880s, to the managerial fame of Connie Mack (né McGillicuddy), early Irish players and managers helped shape the game of baseball in every way. From the first curveball to the first players' unions, Irishmen took A ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Harper
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Richard
Jul 07, 2012 Richard rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book of history and anecdotes about the Irish heritage of baseball. Particularly interesting were the sections covering the early history of baseball, how the rules evolved, and how the Irish became disproportionately involved in the sport. If you enjoy reading about this topic, The Emerald Diamond will undoubtedly be a fun read and will add to your knowledge of baseball.

I do have a few minor nits to pick. Rosen uses a chronological approach for the book, and that sometime
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Jeff
Jul 18, 2014 Jeff rated it it was ok
The Emerald Diamond starts out with a fantastic introduction about the rough-and-tumble world of baseball in the early 20th century. However, the quality in that beginning becomes progressively spottier as the page count grows.

Charley Rosen did a great job at writing the book--I can't and won't take that away from him. However, the book proclaims itself to be about how the Irish changed America's national pastime. While this is true in many respects, I feel that a lot of chapters were shoehorned
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Amanda
Mar 26, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok
Addresses the interesting topic of Irish-Americans in baseball but unfortunately presents the history in an only sometimes interesting way and utilizes sloppy research.

The book starts in the 1800s and works its way up through time, ending many chapters with a modern day interview to reflect upon the ideas presented in the chapter. The earliest chapters are the most interesting. They take the events and use them to tell the story of how Irish-Americans broke into baseball partly because many care
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Holly Cline
Sep 05, 2014 Holly Cline rated it it was ok
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Rather than a history of how the Irish have impacted the game of baseball, this book is basically list after list of sometimes but not always interesting facts that are sometimes but not always relevant to the mission.
Alex Lee
Apr 06, 2016 Alex Lee rated it liked it
Shelves: history, 2016
This is less a narrative than a list of baseball anecdotes and statistics relating to Irish people who had something to do with baseball. There is very little analysis regarding why or how this happened. Rosen only presents the facts as though this is of interest in itself, which makes this book good source material but very interesting reading. If anything the fact that one is Irish and it's baseball seems to be enough to be a source of interest for Rosen. The interest here is merely one of nat ...more
Diane
Mar 13, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it
Saturday is St. Patrick's Day, and since spring training is well underway, it's a good time to review Charley Rosen's book The Emerald Diamond: How The Irish Transformed America's Greatest Pastime.

I'm proudly Irish and have been a big baseball fan since childhood, so this book held great appeal for me. I had never really considered the Irish contribution to baseball, and Rosen's book is comprehensive in his thesis.

As the Irish wave of immigration exploded during the potato famine in the 1840s, t
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Chris Dean
Jul 15, 2016 Chris Dean rated it liked it
Nice history of the game and the Irish contributions, ball players and participation. Easy read, despite a few errors such as Will Clark hitting a home run in the playoffs in 1989 against Mark Prior and calling Joe Magrane, Joe McGrane. Also didn't realize that Gary Ward (Twins, Rangers OF of the 1980s) is Irish. Some of the players included could be considered stretches, such as Nolan Ryan who "considers himself more Texan than Irish." Overall, though, not bad
DC
Aug 15, 2015 DC rated it liked it
This was a rather long-winded recounting of Irish baseball history, but I enjoyed taking my time to read it. My favorite part was a shout-out to the building Irish amateur leagues, and especially the Belfast Northstars who were gracious enough to allow me to play with them for a double-header a couple summers ago!
Papias
Jun 09, 2012 Papias rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
Aside of a few factual errors that were obviously accident (ie Milwaukee Braves in 1982 instead of Brewers) and few more typos, this is a fun baseball book. It is very entertaining and thus read very quickly.
Stephen Boiko
Sep 28, 2014 Stephen Boiko rated it it was amazing
Some of the best tales and facts from the beginning of baseball. A must read for any fan of baseball.
Meril
Dec 31, 2014 Meril rated it did not like it
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