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In the late 1850s organized baseball was a club-based fraternal sport thriving in the cultures of respectable artisans, clerks and shopkeepers, and middle-class sportsmen. Two decades later it had become an entertainment business run by owners and managers, depending on gate receipts and the increasingly disciplined labor of skilled player ...

Playing for Keeps: A History of Early Baseball 2009, Cornell University Press, Ithaca

ISBN-13: 9780801475085

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