Baseball before We Knew It: A Search for the Roots of the Game

Baseball before We Knew It A Search for the Roots of the Game It may be America s game but no one seems to know how or when baseball really started Theories abound myths proliferate but reliable information has been in short supply until now when Baseball be

  • Title: Baseball before We Knew It: A Search for the Roots of the Game
  • Author: David Block Tim Wiles
  • ISBN: 9780803262553
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • It may be America s game, but no one seems to know how or when baseball really started Theories abound, myths proliferate, but reliable information has been in short supply until now, when Baseball before We Knew It brings fresh new evidence of baseball s origins into play David Block looks into the early history of the game and of the 150 year old debate about its beginIt may be America s game, but no one seems to know how or when baseball really started Theories abound, myths proliferate, but reliable information has been in short supply until now, when Baseball before We Knew It brings fresh new evidence of baseball s origins into play David Block looks into the early history of the game and of the 150 year old debate about its beginnings He tackles one stubborn misconception after another, debunking the enduring belief that baseball descended from the English game of rounders and revealing a surprising new explanation for the most notorious myth of all the Abner Doubleday Cooperstown story Block s book takes readers on an exhilarating journey through the centuries in search of clues to the evolution of our modern National Pastime Among his startling discoveries is a set of long forgotten baseball rules from the 1700s Block evaluates the originality and historical significance of the Knickerbocker rules of 1845, revisits European studies on the ancestry of baseball which indicate that the game dates back hundreds, if not thousands of years, and assembles a detailed history of games and pastimes from the Middle Ages onward that contributed to baseball s development In its thoroughness and reach, and its extensive descriptive bibliography of early baseball sources, this book is a unique and invaluable resource a comprehensive, reliable, and readable account of baseball before it was America s game.

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    1. When I placed this book on my "wish list" on , it was a somewhat impulsive move. I've always loved the game of baseball, and lately I've wanted to do some reading into its early days in the 1800's. (I think it all started in sixth grade when I read a book on baseball records, and I found the 1899 Cleveland Spiders holding the unenviable record for losses in a single season, going 20-134, with a winning percentage of .130. Yes, I remember all of that!) So when I was placing various books on my wi [...]

    2. Baseball is a "what have you done for me lately?" kind of game, which in part may explain how little has been written about the game's earliest origins. Add that to the facts that many baseball fans are satisfied to believe the false myth (discredited almost from the point that it was first put forward) that Abner Doubleday invented baseball out of whole clothe in Cooperstown, New York, and that some fans are only interested in baseball history that can be explained through statistics, and you b [...]

    3. Can't fault the research or the flow of the writing, but I wish he'd edited himself out of the narrative. We know you're not an academic. That's fine. You've done the research, so stop apologizing and speak authoritatively.

    4. This work shows remarkable scholarship and takes us into areas of knowledge previously unknown. It provides a knowledge of baseball that leads to a better understanding of the roots of this game. It is a most enjoyable read. This was most helpful in my own work.Seelochan Beharry

    5. The best book I've read about baseball's origins. I preferred it to John Thorn's Baseball In The Garden of Eden.

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