The Early Polo Grounds

Author: Chris Epting
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439621632
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The Polo Grounds is one of baseball’s most sacred ballparks. Built below Coogan’s Bluff in 1891, the bathtub-shaped stadium played host to iconic baseball moments, including Willie Mays’s famous catch in the 1954 World Series and Bobby Thomson’s “shot heard ’round the world.” The era before those moments holds a history all its own, when the New York Giants, Yankees, and the football Giants shared the park. 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.

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: 1476670706
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"For decades, 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. Later, he became the successful manager of the New York Giants, dominating the National League in New York City for more than 30 years"--Provided by publisher.

The New York Mets Encyclopedia

Author: Peter C. Bjarkman
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
ISBN: 9781582610351
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Chronicles the history of the New York Mets, from their first season in 1962 through the Subway Series of 2000.

1921

Author: Lyle Spatz
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803229941
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At the dawn of the roaring twenties, baseball was struggling to overcome two of its darkest moments: the death of a player during a Major League game and the revelations of the 1919 Black Sox scandal. At this critical juncture for baseball, two teams emerged to fight for the future of the game. They were also battling for the hearts and minds of New Yorkers as the city rose in dramatic fashion to the pinnacle of the baseball world. "1921" captures this crucial moment in the history of baseball, telling the story of a season that pitted the New York Yankees against their Polo Grounds landlords and hated rivals, John McGraw's Giants, in the first all-New York Series and resulted in the first American League pennant for the now-storied Yankees' franchise. Lyle Spatz and Steve Steinberg recreate the drama that featured the charismatic Babe Ruth in his assault on baseball records in the face of McGraw's disdain for the American League and the Ruth-led slugging style. Their work evokes the early 1920s with the words of renowned sportswriters such as Damon Runyon, Grantland Rice, and Heywood Broun. With more than fifty photographs, the book offers a remarkably vivid picture of the colorful characters, the crosstown rivalry, and the incomparable performances that made this season a classic.

Bridgeport Baseball

Author: Michael J. Bielawa
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738512013
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Bridgeport, Connecticut, owns a rich and diverse baseball history. People from varied backgrounds stepped up to the plate in Bridgeport's early years-sons of Irish immigrants, laborers and merchants, Asian and Latino players, and some of the first African Americans to play professional ball. Local baseball truly blossomed with "Orator" Jim O'Rourke, who returned from the big leagues and organized the Connecticut State Baseball League in 1895. Numerous Bridgeport teams evolved, including the Victors, Mechanics, Bolts, Americans, and Bears. Bridgeport Baseball traces the game from the post-Civil War era to today. Baseball beneath the roaring smokestacks of industrial Bridgeport included visits by barnstorming Major League and Negro League teams, future Hall of Famers, and a train wreck that almost killed the St. Louis Cardinals. The smokestacks are silent now, yet the legacy of Bridgeport baseball continues to evolve with the city's first professional club in nearly half a century-the Bridgeport Bluefish. The team, owners, staff, fans, and stadium have all contributed to restoring the living history that is Bridgeport Baseball.

Carrying Jackie s Torch

Author: Steve Jacobson
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1569763887
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The real and painful struggles of the black players who followed Jackie Robinson into major and minor league baseball from 1947 to 1968 are chronicled in this compelling volume. Players share their personal and often heart-wrenching stories of intense racism, both on and off the field, mixed with a sometimes begrudged appreciation for their tremendous talents. Stories include incidents of white players who gave up promising careers in baseball because they wouldn't play with a black teammate, the Georgia law that forbade a black player from dressing in the same clubhouse as the white players, the quotas for the number of blacks on a team, and how salary negotiations without agents or free agency were akin to a plantation system for both black and white players. The 20 players profiled include Ernie Banks, Alvin Jackson, Charlie Murray, Chuck Harmon, Frank Robinson, Bob Gibson, Hank Aaron, Curt Flood, Lou Brock, and Bob Watson.

Ballparks Then and Now

Author: Eric Enders
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781571455932
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Baseball, a favourite pastime of many North Americans, has a vibrant history. However, the experience of the "ol' ball game" has changed dramatically. Most of the old wooden-bench ballparks are gone, bulldozed to make way for the huge, multi-seat stadiums that house today's professional teams.This visual treat takes readers on a pictorial tour using "then and now" photographs featuring current American and National League stadiums as well as former league ballparks. Nostalgic enthusiasts will be delighted with this opportunity to peek back to the glory days and revel in the charm of old ballparks past.