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Before the World Series
Pride, Profits, and Baseball's First Championships
Larry G. Bowman
"Bowman's blending of narrative and anecdote is engaging, and his conclusions are thoughtful and intelligent. In telling the history of baseball's earliest experiment with postseason competition, he introduces the reader to many of the now-forgotten stars and journeymen of the 1880s."—Reed Browning, author of Cy Young: A Baseball Life
"A valuable study of early championship baseball."—Elysian Fields Quarterly
"Clearly written, spiced with entertaining anecdotes, and full of useful background material ... grounded in solid research in the periodical literature of the era."—Business History Review
In baseball history, no decade is more critical than the 1880s—a time of urban growth when sports stories began to fill the pages of newspapers and supporting the home teams became a hallmark of civic duty. Larry Bowman narrates the trials and triumphs of baseball's early championships, illuminating the complex circumstances that led to baseball's meteoric rise in popularity.
(2003) 262 pp., illus.
Larry G. Bowman was Professor of History at University of North Texas and author of Captive Americans: Prisoners during the American Revolution and several articles on baseball's early history. He passed away in 2002 as this book was in production.
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