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Baseball's First Inning
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This history of America's pastime describes the evolution of baseball from early bat and ball games to its growth and acceptance in different regions of the country. The New York clubs (i.e., the Atlantics, Excelsiors and Mutuals) are a primary focus, serving as examples of how the sport became more sophisticated and popular. The author compares theories about many of baseball's 'inventors', exploring the often fascinating stories of several of baseball's oldest founding myths. The impact of the Civil War on the sport is discussed and baseball's unsteady path to becoming America's national game is analyzed at length.
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About the Author

William J. Ryczek is a finance professional from Wallingford, Connecticut. He is also the author of Crash of the Titans (2009), The Amazin' Mets, 1962-1969 (2008), The Yankees in the Early 1960s (2007), When Johnny Came Sliding Home: The Post - Civil War Baseball Boom, 1865-1870 (1998, paperback 2006), and Blackguards and Red Stockings: A History of Baseball's National Association, 1871-1875 (1992, paperback 1999).

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"Superbly researched" -- Library Journal. "Library Journal." "superbly researched"--Library Journal; "a baseball thrill the near-equal of seeing your son line a double past the third baseman...a 'must have'"--John Shiffert; author of Base Ball in Philadelphia.

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