A lavishly illustrated history of America's game, from the unparalleled collections of the Library of Congress
Baseball, the sport that helped reunify the country in the years after the Civil War, remains the National Pastime. The Library of Congress houses the world's largest baseball collection, documenting the history of the game and providing a unique look at America since the late 1700s. Now Baseball Americana presents the best of the best from that treasure trove. From baseball's biggest stars to street urchins, from its most newsworthy stories to sandlot and Little League games, the book examines baseball's hardscrabble origins, rich cultural heritage, and uniquely American character.
The more than 350 fabulous illustrations—many never before published—featured first-generation, vintage photographic and chromolithographic baseball cards; photographs of famous players and ballparks; and newspaper clippings, cartoons, New Deal photographs, and baseball advertisements. Packed with images that will surprise and thrill even the most expert collector, Baseball Americana is a gift for every baseball fan.
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A wonderful coffee table book for any baseball fan, particularly one interested in the sport's history pre-1970. Wads of historical photographs of players and memorabilia, with some interesting short features including panorama photography, early baseball cards, and baseball in World War II. Interesting artifacts include a diary excerpt from a Princeton student in 1786 who is spending too much time playing "baste ball;" pictures of baseball games from young adult books from 1787 on; and the cover of the dime novel "Base-Ball Player" from 1868.read more
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