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A succinct history of baseball, newly revised and updated. In this third edition of his lively history of America's game, widely recognized as the best of its kind, Benjamin G. Rader expands his scope, covering record crowds and record income, construction of new ballparks, a change in the strike zone, a surge in recruiting Japanese players, and an emerging cadre of explosive long-ball hitters.

The book is published by The University of Illinois Press.

©2008 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (P)2010 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"The best single-volume history of the sport... Tackles the business and organizational evolution of the professional game, while not losing sight of how it was played on the field." ( Washington Post Book World)
"The search for a good compact history of baseball is over. This work, thoughtfully constructed to locate the national pastime within a rich social and economic context, is a model of historical synthesis.... This reviewer does not know of a better history of baseball." ( Choice)
" Baseball reflects Rader's firm grasp of the best and latest scholarship and his insightful understanding of American sport history." ( Sporting News)

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  • Judy Ellis
  • 15-04-18

Good book!

What did you love best about Baseball?

It was very easy to listen to it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Baseball?

Don't want to give anything away, but ties to history were very interested.

What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

It was a great performance with good tone.

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