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 hot York occasions wrote that they "will grip each American who has invested a part of his formative years and desires within the sport," whereas The Boston Globe known as them "irresistible." Now, within the People's video game, Seymour bargains the 1st booklet dedicated totally to the background of the sport outdoor of the pro leagues, revealing how, from its early beginnings as much as global warfare II, baseball really grew to become the good American hobby. He explores the bond among baseball and boys throughout the a long time, the game's position in associations from faculties to prisons to the defense force, 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 delivery of softball or the origins of the 7th inning stretch, Dr. Seymour enriches his broad study with interesting information and unique anecdotes in addition to his personal wealth of baseball adventure. The People's video game brings to lifestyles the vital position of baseball for generations of usa citizens.
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In an earlier day if a parked horse and wagon interfered with the game a youngster just grabbed the reins and walked the horse down the street, much to the later displeasure of the driver, especially if he emerged from a building with a heavy bundle and had to "jackass it" quite a distance to his wagon. In stickball the pitcher delivered the ball on a bounce, and the batter swung a broomstick. He was allowed only one swing, hit or miss, and there were no bases on balls. Like many basically l8 THE HOUSE OF BASEBALL: THE FOUNDATION simple games, stickball contained the potential for skilled play: pitchers learned to fool batters with tricky bounces, and batters to drive the ball a long distance, always measured by the number of sewers roughly 75 feet apart.
Has passed with the years. . " Robert Smith has described with fine flavor what this meant years ago for boys in knickerbockers and long black stockings, to whom professional baseball was dearer than meat. " . . to climb to the very top of the hot splintery bleachers among the men in straw hats and shirt sleeves, with handkerchiefs tucked inside their collars," to see on the field below "the owners of those names that were almost holy to us, ... " The words of another will bring equally warm memories to many: "Going to the ball game was always an occasion.