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Baseball: A History of America's Favorite Game | [George Vecsey]

Baseball: A History of America's Favorite Game

Best-selling author George Vecsey is an esteemed and award-winning sports journalist for the New York Times. In Baseball, he recounts the history of America's national pastime. Baseball has been around in various forms for thousands of years, but only within the last 200 years has it become an American institution. Growing from a sport played in open fields and big-city streets, baseball has seen its share of innovators and detractors, heroes and villains.
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Best-selling author George Vecsey is an esteemed and award-winning sports journalist for the New York Times. In Baseball, he recounts the history of America's national pastime. Baseball has been around in various forms for thousands of years, but only within the last 200 years has it become an American institution. Growing from a sport played in open fields and big-city streets, baseball has seen its share of innovators and detractors, heroes and villains. Vecsey details them all, from the scandalous Black Sox of 1919 and modern steroid abusers to icons like Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, and the countless underdogs that came out of nowhere to capture the imaginations of fans everywhere.

Vecsey's Baseball is a concise history filled with details and stories that will appeal to rookie and veteran fans alike. Narrator Alan Nebelthau's warm voice punctuates all of the wit and charm of Vecsey's prose.

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©2006 George Vecsey; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Vivid, affectionate, and clear-eyed, Vecsey's account makes for an engaging sports history." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Pittsburgh, PA USA 08-04-07
    Pittsburgh, PA USA 08-04-07 Member Since 2007

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    "Disappointing"

    This is a dry retelling of baseball's history. It's more like listening to an old guy babble on at the bar than listening to an expert relate history. I wanted to learn more about baseball, not more about how the author thinks baseball was so much better in the old days.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Salem, OR, USA 09-23-07
    Joseph Salem, OR, USA 09-23-07
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    "If you love baseball, you'll love Baseball!"

    This is a great book full of insight, humor and of course -- baseball. The author weaves a good story keeping baseball lore alive and well, while sprinkling in the facts, too (snicker snicker). Seriously, if you love the game, then you'll love the book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley Alpharetta, GA, United States 04-30-11
    Bradley Alpharetta, GA, United States 04-30-11 Member Since 2008
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    "WELL worth the listen!"

    Fabulous retelling of baseball's creation and history. For me, this is the first time I am hearing most all of these stories dating back to the mid 1800s...and I'm a sports junkie. I thought this purchase was a risk...not so at all. I'm shocked at the number of stories with which I was previously unfamiliar. This is a great time-travel trip into the teams, players and businessmen that helped put baseball on the map and up through more modern day lore. Some things have not changed about baseball....you be the judge. One thing to note...the reader is not stellar, but the content more than makes up for his lack of flair.

    I've seen some unfavorable reviews of this books pointing towards the lack of baseball strategy covered. READ THE DESCRIPTION. That is not what this purported to accomplish.

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    Margaret Cincinnati, OH, United States 06-18-13
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    "What made baseball great"
    What did you love best about Baseball?

    If you are not looking for strategy and are looking for stories of what made baseball great this is the one to go for. It isn't about stats although they are mentioned it is about the people and how they lived and what they did. The narration is top notch.


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    Coulee Scottsdale, Arizona 04-13-07
    Coulee Scottsdale, Arizona 04-13-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting"

    Very good and entertaining review of the history of baseball

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