By Harold Seymour, Dorothy Z. Seymour, Dorothy Jane Mills
Hailed by way of activities Illustrated because the "Edward Gibbon of baseball history," Harold Seymour is the 1st expert historian to provide an authoritative, multivolume chronicle of America's nationwide hobby. the 1st volumes of this study--The Early Years and The Golden Age--won common acclaim. the recent York occasions wrote that they "will grip each American who has invested a part of his early life and goals within the sport," whereas The Boston Globe referred to as them "irresistible." Now, within the People's online game, Seymour deals the 1st e-book committed fullyyt to the historical past of the sport outdoors of the pro leagues, revealing how, from its early beginnings as much as international conflict II, baseball actually grew to become the nice American hobby. He explores the bond among baseball and boys during the a long time, the game's position in associations from schools to prisons to the military, the increase of women's baseball that coincided with 19th century feminism, and the struggles of black gamers and golf equipment from the later years of slavery as much as the second one global warfare. even if discussing the start of softball or the origins of the 7th inning stretch, Dr. Seymour enriches his large examine with attention-grabbing info and wonderful anecdotes in addition to his personal wealth of baseball event. The People's online game brings to lifestyles the critical function of baseball for generations of american citizens.
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The tiny figures in the bright-billed caps completed their pre-game rituals and disappeared into the dugout. . the home team jogged to their positions on the field. The crowd came to life. . The watcher was transported to a world apart—an understandable, orderly world that ran strictly according to the rules. There were all sorts of emotions to experience. . We loved it. The author of this book was among those fortunate boys who lived in major-league cities. Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, was only a couple of blocks from my home.
When he went out upon the field he was conscious of a difference in his feelings. . The joy of playing the game, as he had played it ever since he was big enough to throw a ball, had gone. It was not fun, not play before him, but work,—work that called for strength, courage, endurance. Hazed by veterans on the team, the rookie decides to strike back, and at the next opportunity he delivers a knockout punch to the toughest of his tormentors and wins his teammates' respect and acceptance. Grey belonged to the rough, tough school of letters of the RooseveltKipling era, as Frank Luther Mott put it.
Teammates quickly screened them from the stands and tried to separate the two as Jack Hendricks, the portly manager, dithered over the lot of them, pleading, "Stop it, boys! " One afternoon Bill Sherdel was pitching a good game for St. Louis when his team's left fielder muffed a fly ball that should have been an easy out. Several Brooklyn hits followed, and the Cardinals' manager removed Sherdel from the game. Furious over his teammate's error, which he blamed for being taken out, Sherdel stalked to the dugout mouthing epithets about the fielder, picked up the drinking glass, and hurled it against the dugout wall, shattering it.