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How Baseball Happened - The Truth, Lies, and Marketing of America's First Sport

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Zusatztext WINNER OF THE CASEY AWARD: BEST BASEBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR “Explores the conditions and factors that begat the game in the 19th century and turned it into the national pastime. The book explains how almost all conventional wisdom about baseball’s origins and formative years is wrong. A delightful look at a young nation creating a pastime that was love from the first crack of the bat.” — Wall Street Journal “Best gift book of the year! Gilbert digs deep into baseball history to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the origins of the American pastime. He contends that neither Abner Doubleday, Alexander Cartwright nor Henry Chadwick fathered the game but rather it was originated by a group of amateurs in New York City.” — New York Post “Baseball has fabricated its own history several times over, but its origin story matters. In this entertaining narrative, Gilbert shows how the game was developed by amateurs, in part to introduce healthier habits and the sporting life in a country that didn't really have either.” — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “Brilliantly gathers hidden treasure long buried in newspaper accounts and diaries to present a rich and nuanced picture of American baseball as it grew and blossomed. Along the way, he explodes myths that have long shaped our understanding of this great game. This is a tart and funny trip through the raucous and aspiring culture that shaped baseball, with its volunteer firefighters, urban professionals, bloodstained butchers, and brawling gamblers.” — Edward Achorn , author of Every Drop of Blood: The Summer of Beer and Whiskey and Fifty-nine in ’84 “A lively and often funny account of how baseball became THE national sport. At once irreverent and loving, Gilbert explodes baseball's founding myths while painting a rich portrait of a forgotten America. For baseball lovers and history buffs alike.” — Robert Kagan , author of The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World “A brilliant new approach to our game and its author tells a hundred stories you haven’t heard before.” — John Thorn, Official Historian, Major League Baseball Informationen zum Autor Thomas W. Gilbert is the author of many baseball books, including Baseball and the Color Line , Roberto Clemente and Playing First . From his Greenpoint, Brooklyn stoop he can throw a baseball to the former site of the Manor House tavern, where members of the Eckford Baseball Club enjoyed a post game drink or two in the 1850s. Klappentext How baseball evolved with shocking speed from a casual folk game into a serious adult activity, an instrument of national unification and then a national entertainment industry. Vorwort HOW BASEBALL HAPPENED Gilbert names Brooklyn as the likeliest true birthplace of baseball--and the rivalry with Manhattan helped baseball catch on as a spectator sport. This is something Brooklyn-New York City stores will appreciate. We're in a time of sports deprivaton. There is a pent-up demand for sports--especially baseball--and all the more reason to celebrate the game this summer and fall. Author Tom Gilbert is equally at home at academic conferences and in media appearances--we'll have significant bookings for him after Labor Day and before the Post-Season. The controversial nature of the book, and the author's blunt style of calling out "bullstuff" is ideal for reviews to spark debate. ShelfAwareness ad. Zusammenfassung The fascinating, true, story of baseball’s amateur origins. “Explores the conditions and factors that begat the game in the 19th century and turned it into the national pastime....A delightful look at a young nation creating a pastime that was love from the first crack of t...

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Authors Thomas W. Gilbert, Thomas W./ Thorn Gilbert
Assisted by John Thorn (Introduction)
Publisher GODIN
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 06.10.2020
EAN 9781567926774
ISBN 978-1-56792-677-4
No. of pages 324
Subjects Guides > Sport > Ball sport
Non-fiction book > History > Miscellaneous

New York City, Brooklyn, SPORTS & RECREATION / History, HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877), HOLIDAY / Father's Day, SPORTS & RECREATION / Cultural & Social Aspects, US Northeast: Mid-Atlantic States

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