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Before the World Series : pride, profits, and baseball's first championships

Author: Larry G Bowman
Publisher: DeKalb : Northern Illinois University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The first World's Championship Series arose in an ad hoc manner when the Providence Grays faced the New York Metropolitans in 1884. Seeking to maximize profits, team owners promoted postseason baseball to ensure that one team could bill itself as the world's best. Bowman traces the history of seven championship series, recounting the frenzied negotiations that often preceded the games. He also analyzes the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larry G Bowman
ISBN: 0875803075 9780875803074
OCLC Number: 50339652
Description: x, 252 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The 1880s --
Interleague play --
The beginning --
Chicago and St. Louis --
The Browns and the Wolverines --
The New York Giants --
New York and Brooklyn --
Brooklyn and Louisville --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Larry G. Bowman.

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"The first World's Championship Series arose in an ad hoc manner when the Providence Grays faced the New York Metropolitans in 1884. Seeking to maximize profits, team owners promoted postseason baseball to ensure that one team could bill itself as the world's best. Bowman traces the history of seven championship series, recounting the frenzied negotiations that often preceded the games. He also analyzes the emergence of mascots, the evolution of the sport's rules, and the impact of America's explosive urban growth on baseball's popularity"--Jacket.

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