May 2014 Issue

Baseball History Books

If you enjoy learning about the fascinating history of baseball, check out the books below.

The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It

By: Lawrence S. Ritter
Baseball was different in earlier days - tougher, rawer, more intimate - when giants like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb ran the bases. In the monumental classic The Glory of Their Times, the golden era of our national pastime comes alive through the vibrant words of those who played and lived the game.
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Fifty-nine in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had

By: Edward Achorn

In 1884, Providence Grays pitcher Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn won an astounding fifty-nine games - more than anyone in major-league history ever had before, or has since. He then went on to win all three games of baseball's first World Series.

Fifty-nine in '84 tells the dramatic story not only of that amazing feat of grit but also of big-league baseball two decades after the Civil War - a brutal, bloody sport played barehanded, the profession of uneducated, hard-drinking men who thought little of cheating outrageously or maiming an opponent to win. Wonderfully entertaining, Fifty-nine in '84 is an indelible portrait of a legendary player and a fascinating, little-known era of the national pastime.

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