Baseball and Cricket The Creation of American Team Sports, 1838-72 (Paperback)
|Author: George B. Kirsch|
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|How and why Americans chose baseball over its early rival, cricket, as the national pastime|
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How and why Americans chose baseball over its early rival, cricket, as the national pastime
George B. Kirsch takes us back to amateur playing fields around the country to re-create the excitement of the early matches, the players, clubs, and their fans. As a narrative history, Baseball and Cricket places the growing popularity of the two sports within the social context of mid-nineteenth-century American cities. The book's comparative analysis follows baseball's transition from a leisure sport to a commercialized, professional enterprise and offers the first complete discussion of the early American cricket clubs.
A volume in the series Sport and Society, edited by Benjamin G. Rader and Randy Roberts