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Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives

Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives

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Published by Prologue Magazine
The story of baseball and the story of our nation are intertwined. President Clinton said ''Baseball is part of our common heritage" on the eve of the 1995 World Series. And since the records at the National Archives document our national experience, it only seems natural that stories of both baseball and American history would be discovered among our holdings.

This book tells the story of baseball during the two world wars, the fights for mutually agreeable contracts and equal opportunity on and off the playing field, the universal appeal of the game to players and fans (even the ''highest-ranking'' fans of all—U.S. Presidents), improvements to the sport, and celebrations along the way.
The story of baseball and the story of our nation are intertwined. President Clinton said ''Baseball is part of our common heritage" on the eve of the 1995 World Series. And since the records at the National Archives document our national experience, it only seems natural that stories of both baseball and American history would be discovered among our holdings.

This book tells the story of baseball during the two world wars, the fights for mutually agreeable contracts and equal opportunity on and off the playing field, the universal appeal of the game to players and fans (even the ''highest-ranking'' fans of all—U.S. Presidents), improvements to the sport, and celebrations along the way.

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Published by: Prologue Magazine on Apr 02, 2013
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Millions of fans eagerlyawait the opening of thebaseball season in April eachyear. During the late 19th and 20thcenturies, baseball was the most widelyplayed sport in the United States, earningthe title “America’s pastime.” As PresidentClinton said on the eve of the 1995 WorldSeries, “Baseball is part of our commonheritage.” The story of baseball and thestory of our nation are intertwined. Andsince the records at the National Archivesdocument our national experience, it onlyseems natural that stories of both baseballand American history would be discoveredamong these documents. But among thenumerous records created by the threebranches of the FederalGovernment and preserved atthe National Archives, what storiescan be found? This book showcases asmall slice and tells the story of ournational pastime found at the NationalArchives. The documents that followprovide examples of the role of baseballduring the two world wars, fights formutually agreeable contracts and equalopportunity on and off the playing field, theuniversal appeal of the game to players andfans (even the “highest-ranking” fans of all—U.S. Presidents), improvements to thesport, and celebrations along the way.

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