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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (16 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns Narrator: Ken Burns Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9780307876935
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The companion to Ken Burns's magnificent PBS television series - updated and expanded to coincide with the broadcast of a new, two-part "Tenth Inning" directed with Lynn Novick.

The authors of the acclaimed and best-selling The Civil War, Jazz, and The War turn to another uniquely American phenomenon: baseball. Geoffrey C. Ward's and Ken Burns's moving and fascinating history of the game goes beyond stolen bases, double plays, and home runs to demonstrate how baseball has been influenced by, and has in turn influenced, American life.

The audiobook covers every milestone of the game, from the rules drawn up in 1845 by Alexander Cartwright to the American League's introduction of the designated hitter in 1973; from the 1924 Negro World Series to Jack Roosevelt Robinson's major-league debut; from the first curve ball in 1867 to Nolan Ryan's seventh and last no-hitter in 1991.

This new edition brings the authors' monumental work into the 21st century: steroids, home-run records, the rise of Latino players, the long-awaited Red Sox World Series victory, and so much more. Baseball is an audiobook that speaks to all Americans.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A rich concoction of narrative, essays, and photos [that] dazzles the eye . . . In so many ways you are reminded that rooting for baseball is like breathing. Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
  • Stirring and reflective . . . A beautiful book that stands on its own in any league. David E. Jones, Chicago Tribune
  • Glorious nuggets are set amid the clear, warm narrative and hundreds of classic images . . . Highest marks for browseability, but the true reward comes from the longer essays by folks still smitten by the game. Jerry Shriver, USA Today

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Roberts | 9/16/2012

    " There were SO many gems here...probably my favorites were stories about Ty Cobb and Ted Williams and another about a group of old timers sneaking into a stadium to replace the astroturf, square foot by square foot, with real grass. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Koreivo | 11/22/2011

    " Some fiun and interesting stories and some others I didn't even understand the points at all. With so many great new articles over teh years, and having read great columinst in variuos newspapers for over 40 years, I thought the overall selections could have been better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 6/30/2011

    " I really liked this book. As a baseball fan and player I could really connect to it. It has lots of great stories, is very humorous, and very fun to read. Overall it is a very enjoyable book to read and I would recommend this to anyone who likes baseball. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malysa | 5/22/2011

    " Beautiful shots! Great coffee table book, a must for baseball lovers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 5/10/2011

    " I enjoyed the book more than the PBS documentary. Interesting parallels between what was happening in baseball and in American history at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M. | 4/25/2011

    " Great companion to the excellent PBS series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 10/6/2010

    " I have just gotten into baseball. This book just cemented my love for the game. I so look forward to the joys of watching baseball, teaching my children about the game, the history, and the payers,teams, that made it what it is today. Great Stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marshaferz | 5/31/2010

    " Companion to the PBS series - wonderfully readable with great photos. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 1/24/2010

    " A great sports/history book (perfect for dads, brothers, boyfriends) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 11/3/2009

    " The companion book to the Ken Burns video series; it has excellent material on the beginnings of baseball, the Negro leagues, women's leagues, and the modern era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 10/26/2008

    " If you enjoy baseball you will love this book full of history and stories about the game. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacque | 6/4/2008

    " I had to read it for class... and I actually read the WHOLE THING!!! I'm not interested in baseball, but it is interesting, I guess... considering :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole | 5/24/2008

    " Fantastic book for fans of the game and newcomers alike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndi | 5/24/2008

    " Best book for an interesting overview of baseball history with fabulous historical images. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bap | 3/13/2008

    " The companion book to Ken Burns' great TV series on baseball. Great pictures. Opening day is around the corner! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 9/18/2007

    " Who knew baseball was so awesome? I guess Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward did. "

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About the Author
Author Geoffrey C. Ward

Geoffrey C. Ward is an editor, author, historian, and writer of scripts for American history documentaries for public television. He is the author or coauthor of eighteen books, including five companion books to the documentaries he has written. He is the winner of seven Emmy Awards.

About the Narrator

Ken Burns is an American director and producer of documentary films, known for his style of using archival footage and photographs. His documentaries have been nominated for two Academy Awards, and have won Emmy Awards, among other honors.