H the focus is on the origins and history of the early game it provides a vivid snapshot of 19th Century America and the sometimes subtle sometimes blunt influence baseball had on our culture What s remarkable to me is that appears to be The main part of the book is 300 pages of dense reading If the author was skilled he could have written a enjoyable 150 pages Unfortunately we are in an age where authors and publishers think is better The author takes the One Touch of Scandal long way around the mountain and not on aeisurely
Path In Magnificently Researched in magnificently researched Thorn s Baseball in the Garden of Eden is and exuisite examination of the true origins of baseball and he makes a compelling case for showing its provenance does ie with Abner Doubleday at Cooperstown Thorn traces the arcs of pre baseball activities In the New World features of play common to to the game we understand as baseball today are well documented into the mid 18th century far in advance of the Doubleday meme Thorn shows evidence of other bat games that go deep into pre Christian history to bolster the case for other evolutionary pathsMost of this book focuses on the growth of baseball in New England and New York Thorn chronicles the history with reverence and delivers one gem after another eventually presenting us with a tiara of the game we now recognizeAlong the way we are treated to insights into a world that was both simpler and menacing cholera and other disease outbreaks had their effects on New York players in the years before the Civil WarI read this book in the week before MLB s opening day and it was a welcome reminder that winter wi. Popular in Massachusetts and Philadelphia He shows how the sports increasing popularity in the early decades of the nineteenth century mirrored the migration of young men from farms and small towns to cities especially New York And he charts the rise of secret professionalism and the origin of the notorious reserve clause essential innovations for gamblers and capitalists No matter how much you know about the history of baseball you will find something new in every chapter Thorn also introduces us to a host of early baseball stars who helped to drive the tremendous popularity and growth of the game in the postCivil War era Jim Creighton perhaps the first true professional player; Candy Cummings the pitcher who claimed to have invented the curveball; Albert Spalding the ballplayer who would grow rich from the game and shape its creation myth; Hall of Fame brothers George and Harry Wright; Cap Anson the first man to record three thousand hits Ll not ast forever Whether you re a
fan or perhaps interested in the seminal influences of one of America s greatest iconic sporting cultures book will entertain and inform uiz What city was the Forest City team from The Kekionga These are two of baseball s earlier teams from the 1870sIf you are a baseball fan and interested in the sport s history this book would be a fun read It is written in
baseball fan or perhaps interested in the seminal influences of one of America s greatest iconic sporting cultures
A Rather Non Linear rather non inear which can frustrate one but nonetheless it ends up working out pretty well I enjoyed this book Do you believe that Abner Doubleday had anything to do with the origin of baseball Prepare to be disappointed But even stranger how did Doubleday come to
BE SO HONORED AS WAS HIS so honored as was his town of Cooperstown NYThis book goes back well before Doubleday and other purported founders to show where the game evolved from Cricket Rounders The Massachusetts game The New York game And so on Certainly the precursors of American baseball were apparent before Abner Doubleday allegedly invented the game in the early 1840sMany of baseball s early stars and founding figures are discussed here Harry Wright Candy Cummings Cap Anson and A G Spalding baseball player and ater businessman Indeed the story of Spalding helps to explain Doubleday s honor No spoilers here but he his paramour and future wife Elizabeth Churchill Mayer and Abner Doubleday were all Theosophists with Doubleday at one point serving as President of the societyAll sorts of historical byways are explored in baseball and in the Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities 1580-1620 larger societyAot of fun Oh by the way it was the Rockford IL Forest Citys and the Fort Wayne Kekiong. Nd a virulent racist; and many others Add bluff bluster and bravado and toss in an illicit romance an unknown son a Chameleon Hours lost ball club an epidemic scare and you have a baseball detective storyike none ever written Thorn shows how a small religious cult became instrumental in the commission that was established to determine the origins of the game and why the selection of Abner Doubleday as baseballs father was as strangely Chicago Architecture (Architecture Urbanism) logical as it was patently absurd Entertaining from the first page to theast Baseball in the Garden of Eden is a tale of good and evil and the snake proves the most interesting character It is full of heroes scoundrels and dupes; it contains scandal by far than the 1919 Black Sox World Series fix More than a history of the game Baseball in the Garden of Eden tells the story of nineteenth century America a Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide land of opportunity andimitation of glory and greedall present in the wondrous alloy that is our nation and its pastim.
SUMMARY à PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ John ThornVery interesting for a newbie I enjoyed the numerous details of baseball s beginnings and misconceptions and mysteries revealed Chapter 1 to 8 very good Chapter 9 to 12 very dull too much about the theosophist and Albert Spalding As advertised If you are a fan of history and baseball you will ike this bookI can t say it is ight and entertaining but it is extremely well researched and documented It is a fascinating perspectivethis guy knows his stuff Is baseball really America s Game Read the book In Baseball in the Garden of Eden Thorn achieves an admirable balance between a story about baseball and a detailed reference work The scope and attention to detail of this work may turn off some readers but you don t have to be an academic to enjoy the twists and turns and historical details Thorn assembles here Some wonderful individual stories weave in and out of the than 100 years of history presented with plenty of curiosities historical coincidences and baseball trivia for anyone But in addition Thorn has the ability to tell the story so although at times the historical details burden it a bit he delivers an almost epic tale for any fan of baseball or early American history After reading the first four chapters Very hard to get into this book The writing seems ike John Thorn has bad ADHD Each chapter bounces around to several subjects Hard to follow Hopefully I can pick up and read again in he near future Very bad editing Being a fallen away baseball fan I haven t paid much attention to the sport for some time but when I came across this while browsing it immediately caught my interestAlthoug. Think you know how the game of baseball began
again Forget Doubleday and Cooperstown Forget Alexander Joy Cartwright and the New York Knickerbockers Instead meet Daniel Lucius Adams William Rufus Wheaton and Louis Fenn Wadsworth each of whom has a stronger claim to baseball paternity than Doubleday or Cartwright But did baseball eventhink again forget
HAVE A FATHEROR DID IT JUST EVOLVE FROM OTHERa fatheror did it just evolve from other and ball games John Thorn baseballs preeminent historian examines the creation story of the game and finds it all to be a gigantic Cite Right: A Quick Guide to Citation Styles--MLA, APA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions, and More lie not only the Doubledayegend so Classic Rough News long recognized with a wink and a nudge From its earliest days baseball was a vehicle for gambling muchike cricket a far popular game in early America a proxy form of class warfare infused with racism as was the Class and Conformity: A Study in Values - With a Reassessment (Midway Reprint) larger society invigorated if ultimately corrupted by gamblers hustlers and shady entrepreneurs Thorn traces the rise of the New York version of the game over other variations.