The Early Polo Grounds

Author: Chris Epting
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738562872
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The dawn of the 20th century through the 1920s is a rarely seen chapter in Polo Grounds history, and it is presented here for the first time in all of its photographic glory. One of baseball's most sacred ballparks, it later played host to iconic baseball moments, including Willie Mays' famous catch in the 1954 World Series, and Bobby Thompson's shot heard round the world.

Baseball in Orange County

Author: Chris Epting
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 0738593281
Format: PDF
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The history of baseball in Orange County, Calif., from its beginnings among oil well workers in the late 1880s to the present day.

Baseball in Orange County

Author: Chris Epting
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 0738593281
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The history of baseball in Orange County, Calif., from its beginnings among oil well workers in the late 1880s to the present day.

Manager of Giants

Author: Lou Hernández
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476629889
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 For decades prior to the rise of Babe Ruth, the most recognized name in baseball was John McGraw. An outstanding player in the 1890s, McGraw—nicknamed “Mugsy”—was molded in the rough and tumble pre–20th century game where sportsmanship and fair play took a back seat to competition. Later, he became the successful manager of the New York Giants, dominating the National League in New York City for more than 30 years. McGraw led the Giants with authoritarian swagger—earning another moniker, “Little Napoleon”—from 1902 through 1932, before illness forced his retirement. In his 31 seasons in New York, his teams won three world championships and 10 pennants and rarely finished out of the first division. He was a trailblazer in the use of bullpen and position player substitutions, and pushed hit-and-run strategies over the then prevalent dictums of sacrifice bunting. An unconventional leader, McGraw missed considerable bench time during his reign on account of injury, illness and fiery temperament.

The Early Image of Black Baseball

Author: James E. Brunson III
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786454253
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This volume examines early black baseball as it was represented in the artwork and written accounts of the popular press. From contemporary postbellum articles, illustrations, photographs and woodcuts, a unique image of the black athlete emerges, one that was not always positive but was nonetheless central in understanding the evolving black image in American culture. Chapters cover press depictions of championship games, specific teams and athletes, and the fans and culture surrounding black baseball.

New York Giants

Author: Richard Bak
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738503370
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The New York Giants have sent more men to the Baseball Hall of Fame than any other team, a distinction that only begins to hint at the place this storied franchise holds in the long history of America's national pastime. Between 1883 and 1957, a span of 75 summers, the Giants were one of professional sports' great dynasties. Aside from the 17 National League pennants and 8 world pennants the team won during this period, there were the unique personalities and imperishable moments that remain so much a part of the lore of the game: John McGraw's pugnacity, Christy Mathewson's fadeaway, Fred Snodgrass's muff, Mel Ott's leg kick, Carl Hubbell's scroogie, Bobby Thomson's home run, and Willie Mays' catch. Even the Giants' ballpark, the Polo Grounds, had a personality of its own, with a center field that seemed as expansive as Utah and abbreviated foul lines that turned many an ordinary fly ball into a mighty home run.

Lost Ballparks

Author: Lawrence S. Ritter
Publisher: Studio
ISBN: 9780140234220
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The Polo Ground, Ebbets Field, Comiskey Park--the great temples of baseball are being razed to the ground. Now the author of The Glory of Their Times has brought 22 of these grand old open-air, wood-and-concrete stadiums back to life in a beautiful, big-hearted book filled with over 250 vintage photos of parks, players, games, and fans.

Level Playing Fields

Author: Peter Morris
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN:
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"Recovering a nearly lost and decidedly quirky chapter of baseball history, Level Playing Fields tells the story of Tom and Jack Murphy, brothers who made up baseball's first great family of groundskeepers and who played a pivotal role in shaping America's national pastime. Irish immigrants who tirelessly crafted homefield advantages for some of baseball's earliest dynasties, the brothers Murphy were instrumental in developing pitching mounds, permanent spring training sites, and new irrigation techniques, and their careers were touched by such major innovations as tarpaulins and fireproof concrete-and-steel stadiums. Level Playing Fields is a real-life saga involving craftsmanship, resourcefulness, intrigue, and bitter rivalries (including attempted murder!) between such legendary figures as John McGraw, Connie Mack, Honus Wagner, and Ty Cobb.

Fenway 1912

Author: Glenn Stout
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547607393
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Winner of the 2011 Seymour Medal from the Society for American Baseball Research, for the best book of baseball history or biography "An irresistible look back on Fenway Park's first season, not just for Sox fans . . . a great choice for anyone who enjoys a dip into baseball history at its best."—Huffington Post Even people who aren’t fans of baseball know Fenway Park. More than just a ballpark, it is a part of American culture, and has been for nearly one hundred years. In Fenway 1912, Glenn Stout tells the remarkable story of Fenway’s first year, from the long winter when locals poured concrete and built the park to the ragtag Red Sox team that embarked on a journey to the World Series while the paint was still drying and the grass still coming in. Stout tells the stories behind the park’s notorious quirks like the Green Monster, and of the designers, builders, managers, and players who made Fenway’s first year unforgettable. For all that has been written in tribute to the great Fenway Park, no one has ever really told the behind-the-scenes true story. Drawing on extensive new research, the esteemed baseball historian Glenn Stout delivers an extraordinary tale of innovation, desperation, and perspiration—capturing Fenway as never before. "Fenway 1912 reads like a novel, detailing the trials and tribulations of the quaint ballpark and the team itself … Stout has made a great story out of history.”—Baseball America "Stout's vivid writing and extraordinary research make the journey worthwhile in so many ways . . . you will likely feel as if you were in the creaky grandstand yourself."—Boston Globe

Lost Ballparks

Author: Dennis Evanosky
Publisher: Pavilion
ISBN: 9781911216490
Format: PDF
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With vintage photographs, this book explores classic ballparks of American and National League teams that are no more, such as Boston's Grand Pavilion, home of the Beaneaters, and Huntington Avenue Grounds, one-time home of the Red Sox. Other cities include: Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa, Toronto, and Washington.