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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: August 2006 ISBN: 9781436169776
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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.” 

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 1/4/2014

    " I purchased this book at the Baseball Hall of Fame, based on the recommendation of a docent. I am a big baseball fan and really enjoyed how the author gave a history of baseball through individual stories. Excellent read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Al | 11/18/2013

    " Great book about the history of baseball. Connects players through each generation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory Dickison | 11/18/2013

    " I listened to this book on CD on my long commute. This book is more survey than in depth history. Vecsey tells great stories of the people and events that give baseball such a colorful history. A great spring pre-opening day book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron Kaplan | 10/20/2013

    " history,essays "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 10/17/2013

    " Great overview of the game that reinforces how baseball reflects the cultural issues of the United States. I liked reading about heroes of the game from an adult perspective, and learning about the Anti-semitism, racism, labor disputes, and sheer joy of play. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drew | 5/14/2013

    " Absolutely amazing! If you love baseball you need to read this book. It grabed me right away and I couldn't sleep till I was done with the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rick | 2/12/2013

    " Disappointing; felt like I had already heard almost everything Vecsey had to say about the topics he chose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 10/11/2012

    " Not the best baseball book but fairly interesting. I was surprised that I particularly liked the chapters on current problems like drugs in baseball and free agency. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lonnie | 9/8/2012

    " Great book for baseball fans. I was worried it would be a book chock full of stats but the author intermingled interesting stories along with those stats and had the ability to weave the past with the present in a number of ways proving that baseball is timeless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 8/9/2012

    " Not earth-shattering, but concise and informative. A tease for digging deeper into the game. I started crying listening to the chapter on Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D | 6/12/2012

    " While eposiodic in nature, it gives great perspective to the cultural impact of baseball in the World. I enjoyed the feeling of nostalgia that the book gave me as I poured over the pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 5/13/2012

    " The knowledgeable fan will not find anything new in these pages. However, it is a nice brief introduction to the history of the greatest game. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William Herbst | 7/24/2011

    " A decent handling of a vast subject - a good intro to baseball's history in one slim volume. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bird | 4/30/2011

    " Part of watching baseball is knowing baseball and baseball history. Great book to start with, covers all the bases. Heh. Seriously, the Negro Leagues and the color barrier, for instance, are very thoughtfully, and plain old fully, described. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian Schultz | 4/18/2011

    " A somewhat selective but captivating history of baseball in the USA and around the world. I particularly found his focus on the commissioners of baseball interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lonnie | 3/21/2011

    " Great book for baseball fans. I was worried it would be a book chock full of stats but the author intermingled interesting stories along with those stats and had the ability to weave the past with the present in a number of ways proving that baseball is timeless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/26/2011

    " The knowledgeable fan will not find anything new in these pages. However, it is a nice brief introduction to the history of the greatest game. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 11/5/2010

    " I purchased this book at the Baseball Hall of Fame, based on the recommendation of a docent. I am a big baseball fan and really enjoyed how the author gave a history of baseball through individual stories. Excellent read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory | 3/22/2010

    " I listened to this book on CD on my long commute. This book is more survey than in depth history. Vecsey tells great stories of the people and events that give baseball such a colorful history. A great spring pre-opening day book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rick | 3/6/2010

    " Disappointing; felt like I had already heard almost everything Vecsey had to say about the topics he chose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian | 11/5/2009

    " A somewhat selective but captivating history of baseball in the USA and around the world. I particularly found his focus on the commissioners of baseball interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 11/1/2009

    " Not the best baseball book but fairly interesting. I was surprised that I particularly liked the chapters on current problems like drugs in baseball and free agency. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cade | 9/19/2009

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drew | 8/24/2008

    " Absolutely amazing! If you love baseball you need to read this book. It grabed me right away and I couldn't sleep till I was done with the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D | 7/11/2008

    " While eposiodic in nature, it gives great perspective to the cultural impact of baseball in the World. I enjoyed the feeling of nostalgia that the book gave me as I poured over the pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 6/8/2008

    " Great overview of the game that reinforces how baseball reflects the cultural issues of the United States. I liked reading about heroes of the game from an adult perspective, and learning about the Anti-semitism, racism, labor disputes, and sheer joy of play. "

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