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Playing for keeps : a history of early baseball

Author: Warren Goldstein
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©2009.
Series: Cornell paperbacks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 20th anniversary edView all editions and formats
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"Playing for Keeps is an insightful, in-depth account of the game that became America's premier spectator sport for nearly a century. Reconstructing the culture and experience of early baseball through a careful reading of the sporting press, baseball guides, and the correspondence of the player-manager Harry Wright, Warren Goldstein discovers the origins of many modern controversies during the game's earliest  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Goldstein, Warren Jay.
Playing for keeps.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©2009
(OCoLC)608436829
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Warren Goldstein
ISBN: 9780801475085 0801475082
OCLC Number: 272308796
Description: xxv, 184 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The culture of organized baseball, 1857-1866. The base ball fraternity ; Excitement and self-control ; The "manly pastime" --
Amateurs into professionals, 1866-1876. Growth, division, and "disorder" ; "Revolving" and professionalism ; The national game ; Amateurs in rebellion ; Professional leagues and the baseball workplace.
Series Title: Cornell paperbacks.
Responsibility: Warren Goldstein.

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"Playing for Keeps is an insightful, in-depth account of the game that became America's premier spectator sport for nearly a century. Reconstructing the culture and experience of early baseball through a careful reading of the sporting press, baseball guides, and the correspondence of the player-manager Harry Wright, Warren Goldstein discovers the origins of many modern controversies during the game's earliest decades. The 20th Anniversary Edition of Goldstein's classic includes information about the changes that have occurred in the history of the sport since the 1980s and an account of his experience as a scholarly consultant during the production of Ken Burns's Baseball."--Publisher's description.

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