- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press; New Ed edition (23 April 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231113439
- ISBN-13: 978-0231113434
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,728,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era Paperback – 23 Apr 2004
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Like a quickly paced, mid-season game on a sunny summer afternoon, Charles C. Alexander's book provides another comfortable examination of the national pastime... he demonstrates a thorough command of the narrative nature of the game itself and a solid ability to find meaning in the play of men. American Historical Review Alexander follows his excellent biographies... with this engrossing look at baseball in the Depression Era. His running narrative of seasons and games is a welcome adjunct to his explorations of more serious themes. Dallas Morning News Alexander writes for baseball junkies, peppering his prose with baseball slang and laboring through game-by-game series recaps. San Francisco Chronicle The beautiful dustjacket alone is almost worth the purchase price. ESPN Magazine Some fine scholarship. Natural History A good overview. Library Journal A worthwhile slice of baseball history for devoted fans. Booklist [I]t is Alexander's descriptions of day-to-day living for the average ballplayer that are most fascinating--where they lived, how they earned extra money, their traveling and lodging conditions. USA Today Baseball Weekly Flat-out entertaining, sometimes-touching baseball anecdotes. -- Mark Luce Chicago Tribune Baseball history does not get much better than this study of the Depression years... Everything is here: the heroes, the statistics, the personalities... a model of scholarship. Choice A worthy addition to the sports history canon, providing a valuable secondary source for anyone with an interest in the game's evolution. -- West Singletary History Written in a lively, traditional narrative style rich in colorful illustrative anecdotes... enjoyable and informative. Journal of American History [It chronicles] important periods in the history of baseball, and [It] will thoroughly engage that sport's aficionados. -- Jack E. Davis American Studies
About the Author
Charles C. Alexander is Distinguished Professor of History at Ohio University. He is the author of the biographies Ty Cobb, John McGraw, and Rogers Hornsby, and of Our Game: An American Baseball History. He lives in Athens, Ohio.
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Alexander's greatest gift seems to be for biography; his lives of John McGraw and Ty Cobb are true standouts in baseball literature. In trying to cover the sweep of an entire decade in this volume, he sometimes loses sight of his larger perspectives, but on balance, this is a very worthwhile effort. Alexander's prose is clear, it flows well, and he does have a knack for digging out forgotten nuggets of the game's history.
If you want to know more about the heyday of Hank Greenberg, Jimmie Foxx, Carl Hubbell, Mel Ott and Dizzy Dean, this is a worthwhile, mostly satisfying book.--William C. Hall