The Great Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Major League Baseball

The Great Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Major League Baseball

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The authoritative compendium of facts, statistics, photographs, and analysis that defines baseball in its formative first decades. This comprehensive reference work covers the early years of major league baseball from the first gamea€”May 4, 1871, a 2-0 victory for the Fort Wayne Kekiongas over the visiting Cleveland Forest City teama€”through the 1900 season. Baseball historian David Nemec presents complete team rosters and detailed player, manager, and umpire information, with a wealth of statistics to warm a fana€™s heart. Sidebars cover a variety of topics, from odditiesa€”the team that had the best record but finished seconda€”to analyses of why Cleveland didna€™t win any pennants in the 1890s. Additional benefits include dozens of rare illustrations and narrative accounts of each yeara€™s pennant race. Nemec also carefully charts the rule changes from year to year as the game developed by fits and starts to formulate the modern rules. The result is an essential work of reference and at the same time a treasury of baseball history. This new edition adds much material unearthed since the first edition, fills gaps, and corrects errors, while presenting a number of new stories and fascinating details. David Nemec began the lifetime labor that helped produced this work in 1954 and admits it may never end, as there always will be some obscure player whose birth date has not yet been found. Until perfection is achieved, this work offers state-of-the-art accuracy and detail beyond that supplied by even modern baseball encyclopedias. As Casey Stengel, who was born during this era, was wont to say, a€œyou could look it up.a€ Now you can.Books. Adelman, Melvin. A Sporting Time. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1986. Alexander, Charles. John McGraw. ... The Hot Stove League. ... The World Series: The Story of Baseballa#39;s Annual Championship. ... The Rules of Baseball.

Title:The Great Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Major League Baseball
Author: David Nemec
Publisher:University of Alabama Press - 2006-06-04

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