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Baseball

A History of America's Game

A succinct history of baseball, newly revised and updated

In this third edition of his lively history of America's game--widely recognized as the best of its kind--Benjamin G. Rader expands his scope to include commentary on Major League Baseball through the 2006 season: record crowds and record income, construction of new ballparks, a change in the strike zone, a surge in recruiting Japanese players, and an emerging cadre of explosive long-ball hitters.

"The best single-volume history of the sport. . . . Tackles the business and organizational evolution of the professional game, while not losing sight of how it was played on the field."--Warren Goldstein, Washington Post Book World

"The search for a good compact history of baseball is over. This work, thoughtfully constructed to locate the national pastime within a rich social and economic context, is a model of historical synthesis. . . . This reviewer does not know of a better history of baseball."--Choice

"Baseball reflects Rader's firm grasp of the best and latest scholarship and his insightful understanding of American sport history."--Steve Gietschier, Sporting News

"A grand slam. . . . An entertaining, insightful history of the national pastime set within the context of major issues in American society. . . . By far the finest one-volume history of America's game ever written."--Larry R. Gerlach, author of The Men in Blue: Conversations with Umpires

Benjamin G. Rader is James L. Sellers Professor of History at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and the author of American Sports: From the Age of Folk Games to the Age of Televised Sports.

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