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Middle Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball, 1900-1948
Binding: Hardcover, 250 pages
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Weight: 1.38 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 9.52 x W: 0.49 inches
ISBN 10: 0803242581
ISBN 13: 9780803242586
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Dean A. Sullivan presents a fascinating array of provocative, unexpected, and illuminating materials revealing the rich history of baseball. The 105 pieces in this work cover such topics as the Merkle Boner, Jim Thorpe, Christy Mathewson, the Black Sox scandal, Lou Gehrig, the death of Ray Chapman, Ty Cobb, Dizzy Dean, and more from the storied major leagues. Lesser known treasures celebrate semipro teams, boys' baseball fiction, Japanese baseball, college ball, black baseball, the minor leagues, women's teams, and other facets of the wonderful game of baseball.
/Content /EditorialReview EditorialReview Source Review /Source Content In the follow up volume to the superb Early Innings, which documents baseball history in the 19th century, Sullivan has, in essence, compiled a scrapbook that continues the story from the founding of the American League to the debut of Jackie Robinson and the death of Babe Ruth. As with its predecessor, Middle Innings serves up a melange of primary sources mainly original newspaper and periodical accounts of important events then adds contextual introductions for each.

The compendium is as breezy as a summer evening at the ballpark, as fascinating as a perfectly executed hit and run, and covers the bases impressively. The dazzling line up includes: the Giants refusal to play the 1903 World Series, Walter Johnson's signing with the Washington Senators, the opening of Ebbetts Field, Babe Ruth's first home run (wonderfully accounted for by Damon Runyon), the first Negro League All Star Game, the end of Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak, the introduction of aluminum bats, and a recap of a season in the All American Girls' Baseball League. An extensively appealing collection, Middle Innings combines serious research with some marvelous journalism, and is as full of surprises as the game itself. Jeff Silverman, Sports editor

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