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Baseball

A History of America's Game

The pastime from its origins to analytics, now in an updated new edition

Long celebrated as a classic, Baseball returns in a new fourth edition that follows the game from its murky origins to the current era of unprecedented prosperity.

Benjamin G. Rader updates the text with a portrait of baseball's new order. He charts an on-the-field game transformed by analytics, an influx of Latino and Asian players, and a generation of players groomed for brute power both on the mound and at the plate. He also analyzes the behind-the-scenes revolution that brought in billions of dollars from a synergy of marketing and branding prowess, visionary media development, and fan-friendly ballparks abuzz with nonstop entertainment. The result is an entertaining and comprehensive tour of a game that, whatever its changes, always reflects American society and culture.

Praise for earlier editions:

"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."--Washington Post Book World

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


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

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