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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (158 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Vecsey Narrator: Alan Nebelthau Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Modern Library Chronicles Release Date:
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Bestselling author George Vecsey is an esteemed and award-winning sports journalist for the New York Times. In Baseball, he recounts the history of America’s national pastime.

Baseball has been around in various forms for thousands of years, but within the last 200 years it has become an American institution. Growing from a sport played in open fields and in big city streets, baseball has seen its share of innovators and detractors, heroes and villains. Vecsey details them all, from the scandalous Black Sox of 1919 and modern steroid abusers to icons like Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, and the countless underdogs that came out of nowhere to capture the imaginations of fans everywhere.

Vecsey’s Baseball is a concise history filled with details and stories that will appeal to rookie and veteran fans alike. Narrator Alan Nebelthau’s warm voice punctuates all of the wit and charm of Vecsey’s prose. Baseball: A History of America’s Favorite Game is an invitation to Vecsey’s house for Sunday dinner.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An extraordinary book…Stories emerge like bright threads to establish the whole fabric of baseball.” 

    Boston Sunday Globe

  • “This is a tale told in the voice of an old friend who, fortunately for us, has interviewed many of the game’s greats…[An] engaging tour.” 

    Washington Times

  • “Vivid, affectionate and clear-eyed, Vecsey’s account makes for an engaging sports history.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] seamless and succinct popular history. [Vecsey’] account of the game’s early days is especially strong.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leah | 2/7/2014

    " I finished this great book just in time for Opening Day! I love the spring...and I loved this book. Each chapter reads like its own mini history on one aspect of the game. Full of insights, anecdotes, and fabulous trivia, this book is for those of us who love America's favorite game as much as the author clearly does. Thank you, Daddy, for passing down the passionate baseball gene. Let's play two! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sierra Dean | 1/14/2014

    " Excellent history book at slows down slightly towards the end. For those not willing to sit through the 18+ hours of Ken Burns's Baseball documentary, this is a great book option that covers the history of the game from its early roots up to the scandals of the 90s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Les | 1/10/2014

    " A lovely and necessarily selective history of the game written by a true fan and student of the game who can actually write. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cade | 1/7/2014

    " If you are a baseball fan, you should read this book. The early years of the game were quite interesting and it was a much different game in the beginning. "

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