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Past Time: Baseball as History

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Few writers know more about baseball's role in American life than Jules Tygiel. In Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy, Tygiel penned a classic work, a landmark book that towers above most writing about the sport. Now he ranges across the last century and a half in an intriguing look at baseball as history, and history as reflected in baseball.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 24th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published April 20th 2000)
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David Lucander
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it
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Tygiel put together a cohesive collection of essays about sport and society through the prism of baseball. This book is good enough (and affordable enough) that I'm adopting it in my History of Baseball class, but there are some shortcomings. Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, and Joe Dimaggio, for example, are hardly mentioned. The same can be said for the 1970s and 1980s, which are exceptionally fertile periods for writers on the subject to engage. That said Tygiel covers Henry Chadwick, the expansion ...more
Oliver Bateman
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Basically what Tygiel gives us here is Warren Susman's "Culture as History" redux, this time as "Baseball as History." And it's tremendously effective, with entries that are surprisingly deep and that would likely go over well in an upper-level undergraduate seminar course. The essay on Henry Chadwick and the creation of baseball statistics is especially compelling, and almost worth the cost of admission (which was $0, in my case; OUP sent me a review copy).
Kim
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it
This is an interesting collection of essays that sort of straddles the line between being a history of baseball and a history of how baseball fits into American history. The emphasis is more on the latter, but of course, you can't explain how baseball fits into American history without talking some about the history of baseball. Well written and informative, I just wish it felt less like a textbook. But still worth a read if you're a fan of American history and baseball.
Erinp
Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Informative and interesting
Laura Weck
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt the best book on baseball all around!
Tim
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great historical overview of baseball from its 1800s beginnings to the rise of fantasy baseball in the 1990s. Take your time reading it, it's fascinating.
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A graduate of Brooklyn College, Jules Tygiel earned his master's and doctorate degrees at UCLA and taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Tennessee before receiving a position at San Francisco State University. A self-professed fan of baseball, he was the founder of the Pacific Ghost League, a fantasy baseball league.
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