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Baseball history from outside the lines : a reader
Dreifort, John E.
Publication Information:
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2001]

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xvii, 363 pages : illustrations ; 23
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GV862.5 .B39 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Baseball History from Outside the Lines gathers the best recent historical literature about the game. These well-written essays describe developments in the game's past, assess their impact, and explain how they reflect the period in which they occurred. The essays also explore baseball's influences outside the field of play as well as the effect of external factors on the game. The contributors discuss such key issues as demographics, communities, social mobility, race and ethnicity, baseball as a business, player-management relations, amateurs, women, and international play.

Author Notes

John E. Dreifort is a professor of history at Wichita State University. He enjoys teaching courses on the history of baseball and is the father of a major-league player.

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Library Journal Review

While previous histories by David Q. Voigt and Harold Seymour cover the development of baseball, the essays assembled here stress the game's social and cultural aspects. The essays range from the entry of African Americans, Jews, and other ethnics to labor relations and the movement West of franchises. Of special note are the spread of baseball to Japan, Canada, and Latin America. Though largely omitting the impact of TV, this book is ideal for academic and large public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.