Multcolib My Librarian Nick: Diamonds can be rough
Annotation:The decadence of the '70's spilled onto the baseball diamond too. A great, easy read and very entertaining. Read with some Funkadelic on the speakers?
Annotation:A new, informative, and rowdy story about the integration of a new league, the beauty of concession stands, and the immigrant determination that practically saved the game.
Annotation:Early baseball was more than just Abner Doubleday and Honus Wagner's card. This book is definitive for the 19th century history buff, not just baseball fans. So full of love and passion, an excellent mental daguerreotype of the game's genesis.
Annotation:Know who Josh Gibson, Buck O'Neil, or Rube Foster were? These and other great players never got their due in the Major Leagues, but this title will open your eyes to hidden greatness. A wonderful history and chronicle by Nelson.
Annotation:The Dominican Republic has churned out some of baseball's most historic players and this book relates how most of them came from poverty but with one ultimate goal: get to the Show in MLB. A finely written account of the Hispanic influence on U.S. baseball.
Annotation:Hample has put together an enjoyable book full of trivia and lore surrounding that essential piece of cork, rubber, and leather with 108 stitches. For fans and non-fans alike, a very accessible little nugget.
Annotation:This book escorts you to the greatness of the teams and players trying to make a name for themselves by simply trying to get to the Major Leagues. Tooth and nail, blood and grime, find out what it was like on baseball's outer edges.
Annotation:Even if you're not a Giants or Braves fan, take a ride through Kaplan's epic account of the 16-inning Arms Race in a 1963 Candlestick Park duel. Today, pitchers are lucky to go 6 innings and over 100 pitches. They don't play them like this anymore, folks.
Annotation:Another retrospective of racial integration and the nation's exposure to the game, this book details the pre-WWII barnstormers: baseball's equivalent to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. See Gibson hit! Watch Satchel pitch! Only 2-bits a seat!
Annotation:For those who want to see and not just read classic baseball, Conlon's photos are akin to Edward Curtis's iconic Native American shots. Spanning 1904-1942, with some famous and some not, you can practically hear the radio broadcaster in each photograph...
Annotation:Ghosts and baseball? Seems gimmicky, right? Don't be fooled, these stories will make you laugh and give you some chills. Don't judge by its cover!
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Springtime signals flowers and life. But it also ushers in maple bats, pine tar, and the endless sunflower seed hulls of baseball. Access these casual titles which contain stories and anecdotes that will astound and amaze as well as educate you on the history of our national pastime. Get yer peanuts, popcorn, Crackah Jack 'ere!