Baseball History

  "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is the third most frequently sung song in America, after "Happy Birthday" and "The Star Spangled Banner," and you'd be hard-pressed to find an American who doesn't know the words. The complete story of how it came about is chronicled in the book that appears below our comic strip.

  Washington's early major league baseball clubs were the Nationals, and later the Senators. Along with these teams were several black baseball clubs including the LeDroit Tigers, the Washington Pilots, and the Washington Elite Giants, all of whom played at Griffith Stadium. This stadium was also the home of the Washington Redskins football team, as well as the site of other unique events such as championship boxing matches, concerts, and mass baptisms. The stucture was torn down in 1965.

  Baseball's Greatest Hit - The Story of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game
by Andy Strasberg, Bob Thompson, and Tim Wiles
This full-color, hardcover book presents the fascinating narrative of how "Ball Game" has come to take a unique place in our cultural heritage. With images of historical newspaper clippings, baseball cards, sheet music, movie stills, ballplayers at the mic, and of course, Harry Caray leading the crowd at Wrigley.The authors trace the song's evolution over the past century from the days of Tin Pan Alley and sheet music pluggers, through the early role of women as baseball players, and fans; through movie musicals, baseball's expansion west, rock and roll, to modern ballparks.
Note: This book is out of print; if you order it, most likely we will send you an unsold "return" from a remainder dealer, or a used book in very good condition.
9" x 11½" 210 pages, index, color photos and illustrations throughout, hardbound
#528 Baseball's Greatest Hit $29.95

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  The Beer & Whiskey League–The Illustrated History of the American Association–Baseball's Renegade Major League by David Nemec
Although the American Association lasted only a decade, from 1882 to 1891, it rewrote the playbook on baseball, establishing manyu of the conventions we still honor. By 1882 the owners of the six teams in the National League controlled baseball. I keeping withthe moreals of the day, Sunday games were verboten, liquor wasn't sold in parks, and admission was kept igh to keep out the "riff raff." Baseball was a gentleman's game. Then, along came the American Association, ushering in the most freewheeling years of baseball, challenging the National League's hold on the nation's pasttime. This is the most comprehensive look at the AA. Along with the fast-moving narrative, the book is loaded with over 200 vintage photos, most never before published.
8" x 10" 260 pages, index, illustrated, paperbound
#83 Beer & Whiskey League $18.95

   Baseball Barnstorming and Exhibition Games 1901–1962 A History of Off-Season Major League Play by Thomas Barthel
Until 1947, professional ball players were paid only from opening day to season's end. Even during the season a lot of their expenses came out of their own pockets. One answer to their money woes was barnstorming–tours out of season. Here is a history of barnstorming and exhibitin games from 1901 (when both the American and National leagues began operating on an even keel) through 1962 (when a team led by Willie Mays was unsuccessful in its attempt at t tour, signaling the end of true barnstorming).Decade by decade, it covers the teams, the games, and the players for a detailed look at how barnstorming and exhibition brought big-league baseball to the backyars ballparks of America.
6" x 9" 275 pages, index, some photos, paperbound
#490 Barnstorming $29.95

   The Games Presidents Play--Sports and the Presidency by John Sayle Watterson 
The Games Presidents Play provides a new way to view the American presidency. Looking at the athletic strengths, feats, and shortcomings of our presidents, John Sayle Watterson explores not only their health, physical attributes, personalities, and sports IQs, but also the increasing trend of Americans in the past century to equate sporting achievements with courage, manliness, and political competence.
"Sports historian Watterson suggests that presidents' athletic endeavors reveal a lot about their actions in office... An enjoyable study of politics and culture." -- Publishers Weekly
"Watterson's history rises above trivia... Abundantly anecdotal... A wry and perceptive work." -- Booklist
7" x 9½" 402 pages, index, photos, hardbound
#497 Games Presidents Play $29.95
   Deadball Stars of the American League
Edited by David Jones with a foreword by Keith Olbermann
The dead-ball era is a baseball term used to describe the period between 1900 (though some date it to the beginning of baseball) and the emergence of Babe Ruth as a power hitter in 1919. In 1919, Ruth hit a then-league record 29 home runs, a spectacular feat at that time. The dead-ball era refers to a period in baseball characterized by low-scoring games and a lack of home runs. The lowest league run average in history was in 1908, when only 3.4 runs were scored per game. This book chronicles the eight original teams in the American league with detailed biographies of many of its major players.
8½" x 10½" 416 pages, 200 photos, index, paperbound
#498 Deadball Stars $24.95

Baseball was not a derivitave of England's cricket game. It is a purely American invention and this is a page from Big Apple Almanac 3...

Other sports such as polo and tennis were adopted from other countries and made their American debut in New York City. This book contains the origin of sports plus other amazing and fascinating characters and incidents such as the mysterious Collyer brothers:
   Big Apple Almanac Volume Three by Patrick M. Reynolds
Most of the popular sports in America originated or were introduced into this country in New York City. This book contains an extensive history of the early developoment of baseball, and how the big league officials stole the idea for a world series from professional football.
11¾" x 7" 109 pages, index, illustrated, paperbound
ISBN 0-932514-29-4
#A3 Big Apple Almanac 3 $14.95

Here are two volumes containing reproductions of Flashbacks cartoons:

 A Cartoon of the District of Columbia Flashbacks Volume One Patrick M. Reynolds brings history to life with a sense of humor. His exciting drawings put you on the scene with the conflicts, madness, plus the wheeling and dealing that resulted in the location and construction of the U.S. capital city. This book covers the early history of DC from 1776 to 1863. You'll be surprised at how many cities served as the U.S. capital; you'll be amazed that the city was built--despite all the bickering, petty jealousies, and down-right stupidity. 11¾" x 7½" 106 pages, full color illustrations, index, paperbound ISBN 0-932514-31-6 #F1 Cartoon History of DC $25.00
  DC Neighborhoods Flashbacks Vol. Two Artist-writer Patrick M. Reynolds takes you to the Washington that tourists seldom see The U.S. capital expanded with the growth of public transportation into such areas as Shepard Park, Takoma Park, Chevy Chase, Kalorama, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Capital Hill, LDroit Park, Tenleytown, Brookland, and others. Stories in this book go back to the explorations of Capt. John Smith in the 1600s and the Indian Wars of early Virginia, continuing into the 20th century with the introduction of the cherry trees to Washington and the end of segregation in public schools.
11¾" x 7½" 106 pages, full color illustrations, index, paperbound ISBN 0-932514-31-6
#F2 Cartoon History of DC $14.95

Previous weeks' stories and references: Autocamping...Combat Artists...The Ghost Army of WWII... Artists in War The Limb Maker...Duke Ellington...Ferries Across the Chessie .. The Italian Crisis...Ninian Beall Sequence.....UFOs Over Washington Culpeper of Virginia...The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918...Indians of the Eastern Shore of MD & VA...Black Confederates... Pirates on the Chesapeake...Ghost stories...Silver Spring MD...Clovers...Hoover Airport...Slavery...President Garfield

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