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A. G. Spalding and the Rise of Baseball : The Promise of American Sport

A. G. Spalding and the Rise of Baseball : The Promise of American Sport - 85 edition

A. G. Spalding and the Rise of Baseball : The Promise of American Sport - 85 edition

ISBN13: 9780195042207

ISBN10: 0195042204

A. G. Spalding and the Rise of Baseball : The Promise of American Sport by Peter Levine - ISBN 9780195042207
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 85
Copyright: 1985
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1985
International: No
A. G. Spalding and the Rise of Baseball : The Promise of American Sport by Peter Levine - ISBN 9780195042207

ISBN13: 9780195042207

ISBN10: 0195042204

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 85

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Summary

A. G. Spalding was a key figure in the professionalization and commercialization of American sports. Co-founder of baseball's National League, owner of the Chicago White Stockings (later Cubs), and founder of a sporting goods business that made him a millionaire, Spalding not only willed baseball to be our national pastime but also contributed to making sport a significant part of American life.

This biography captures the zest, flamboyance, and creativity of Albert Goodwell Spalding, a man of insatiable ego, a showman and entrepreneur, whose life illuminated the hopes and fears of 19th-century Americans. It is also a vivid evocation of the vanished world of 19th-century baseball, recreating a time when it was transformed from a game played on unkempt fields to modern style.

Author Bio

Levine, Peter : Michigan State University

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