Good. General Used Condiiton. Minor Defects may Exist. Minimal Shelf wear. Text may contain minor marking or highlighting, Binding Tight. Previous owners name or bookplate may be present. Like New, May have remainder mark (black line generally made acrossed bottom page edge to indicate close out by publisher)
Near Fine with no dust jacket. 0689115679. Quarter bound in maroon cloth over tan boards, gilt lettering on spine, title blind-stamped on front cover. Illustrated with eight pages of B&W photographs. Front board slightly bowed, spine lightly rubbed, else fine. NEAR FINE. 8vo 8"-9" tall. (x), 143, (1) pp.
Publishers Weekly, 1988-03-04 Frommer, author of more than 20 sports books, looks at America's favorite pastime as it became truly national in the period between the 1869 tour of the first professional team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, and the great Boston Beaneater and Baltimore Oriole teams of the 1890s. He discusses such events as the founding of the National League in 1876, which effectively took control of the game from the players and gave it to the owners, and the establishment of the American League in 1900. He also captures the spirit of the game, rife with gambling, the sale of alcohol at ball parks and the tinkering with such rules as the number of balls required for a walk or the distance of the mound from home plate. There are also observations on playing fields, umpires, equipment, uniforms. (April)
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