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Larry Ruttman has a mission. With his book on American Jews and baseball, he wants to prove that successful Jewish Americans connected to baseball owe their success to Jewish values.

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It’s no surprise this celebration of Ted Williams is released on the Opening Day for Major League Baseball. Now fans have two reasons to celebrate on April 1.

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“What Robinson did on the baseball diamond was merely part of his effort to show black people how to be their very best and to show white people how to remove the barriers keeping blacks fr

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“Anyone who wants to advance beyond the stage of fandom to understand what it takes to establish and run professional baseball would do well to read Mr.

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“Mr. Wendel engagingly presents the facts of what was a game-changing year in American history for baseball, . . .”

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“. . . brings some balance into the picture, and fans would do well to add it to their understanding of their National Game.”

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“Conspiracy of Silence offers overwhelming evidence of the effectiveness of the black press in advancing integration in this country.”

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In this carefully prepared history dominated by the larger-than-life player Babe Ruth, author Robert Fitts corrects the errors of previous books about the famous baseball tour of Japan 1934.

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“the main points of this powerful book . . . ought to be on the reading list of every university course on American Foreign Policy.”

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“A Talk In The Park is baseball as you’ve never read it—and how you always remembered hearing it.”

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“Surdam’s book represents the best and probably the only solid study of major-league baseball’s economic situation during the Depression.”

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When late in the 1800s the professional baseball players formed a union and set up their own league, they caused a revolution of sorts in pro ball.

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". . . religion of baseball and its origins are spelled out as meticulously in Mr. Thorn’s book as the Holy Bible spells out the story of Eden . . ."

 

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Joe DiMaggio as an autistic ballplayer is an interesting concept. Jerome Charyn explores this theory in Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil.

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What’s red, round, and dirty when it’s brand new? Would you believe . . . a major league baseball? You might think it’s white, right?

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For her husband’s baseball club, and for black people in Newark, Effa Brooks Manley acted in the 1930s and 40s as a goad, a responsible manager, a pest, a sexual attraction, a civil rights activist

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". . .an impressive work, abounds with new information about the formation of what Americans have long thought of as their national game . . ."

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It’s not unusual for scholars to come up with approximately the same idea at about the same time.

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Despite some writers’ claims that baseball is declining in popularity, its hold on American fans has never been more secure.

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The question that the title of this book inspires—Did baseball grow out of cricket?—receives a clear answer here: no, the two games are “sporting cousins.”

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It’s not unusual for scholars to come up with approximately the same idea at about the same time.

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