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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and intriguing, 14 Mar 2012
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This review is from: Baseball: A History of America's Favourite Game (Modern Library Classics) (Paperback)
As a relative newcomer to the game of baseball I bought this book with the aim of understanding the sport better through learning its history. The book certainly provides valuable insight into the origins of the game and the political wrangling that plagued the early years of baseball which in turn influenced the organisation of the Major Leagues today. The author writes with an affection for his sport that will allow any sports fan to empathise with him, even if baseball isn't their first love and this in turn makes the book something of a page turner and a great read for anybody who desires a greater knowledge of this superb game.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You don't need to be a fan, 1 April 2014
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You don't need to know a lot about Baseball to enjoy this book, I'm English so we don't grow up knowing everything about the sport and it's history. I love watching baseball both on TV and in the flesh when I get the chance. This is a fascinating read especially on the early years of the game, some of the scandals that have rocked the game and the characters playing and running the sport. Excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baseball Nostalgia, 5 Jun 2013
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Baseball in the old days was mysterious and more authentic. Today's players are great performers but with the amount of money they make the look more like business men at work. The ballplayers of old times enjoyed every minute out in the field, the adoration of fans and their fame thru newspapers and radio reports. Most earned so little money they needed an extra job during the winter months. And we knew so little about them! The author provides a very personal approach to these lives, be it the Babe or the great Negro league stars and it's obvious his deep love for the game..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Concise history of baseball for beginners, 5 Nov 2012
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This book has a pretty limited audience, especially here in the UK. It probably doesn't go into enough depth for baseball fans who want to find out the detail about the sport, while it is a little too technical and terms are not explained for a complete newbie to the sport. However, for those who are still fairly new to the game and want to find out a little more, this is perfect. Ranging from the earliest days of the sport to the drugs allegations of the mid-2000s, we hear about the stories that have made baseball an American institution: the Doubleday creation myth, the Chicago Black Sox match-fixing of 1919, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, the list goes on... The author has a knack of pitching it just right, with little asides and witty comments that keep the tome light. This is a great little overview of baseball and recommended to all who have a new or passing interest in the sport.
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4.0 out of 5 stars brilliantly written, classy journalism, 30 Jun 2012
This review is from: Baseball: A History of America's Favourite Game (Modern Library Classics) (Paperback)
Excellent introduction to the tradition and nostalgia of baseball. As a non-American, I learnt a lot and it didn't introduce too many names without explanation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A history of America's Favourite Game, 23 Aug 2010
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It is a sensational book but since it has been written in 1989 it is way out dated. However the anecdotes from (at that time) MLB players and managers give you inside information on how it is to actually work and compete within the MLB. The writer is also able to give you a very, indept look at how things have gotten to the point at where they were at back in 1989. I reckon it is a must read for every Baseball Fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 July 2014
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Great if you are into baseball history.
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