Baseball for everyone : stories from the great game

by Coleman, Janet Wyman.

Format: Print Book 2003
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Children Non Fiction J 796.357 COLEMAN
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 796.357 Col
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Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 796.357 C67
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This is a colourful tour of baseball's history, celebrated and illustrated in American folk art and collectables. From pick-up games played by children, Civil War soldiers, firemen and college students to the formation of the first professional leagues, this is a democratic look at the sport illustrated with early baseball cards, paintings, quilts, signs, carved bats and more. The great players are here, too, depicted by the fans who loved them.
Batter up! A single or a walk? 1826-1900. Baseball's beginnings ; No more "soaking" ; Measuring the heroes ; A game for everyone ; Baseball near the battlefield ; "Slide, Kelly, Slide" ; A profit of $1.39 ; Who's that on first? ; Signs of the game
Going for a double 1900-1930. The ball player who made more money than the President ; Baseball's silent heroes ; Native Americans and the American pastime ; A rookie decides not to run to second base ; "Katie Casey was Baseball Mad" ; Baseball leaves home ; Shadow Ball, "Satchel" and the segregated game
Rounding second, headed for third 1930-1960. Beyond the ballpark ; Jackie Robinson changes America ; Women get a chance at bat ; Little League is big! ; Sawamura strikes out The Babe ; Hilda and Lib
Coming Home! 1960 to the present. The old and the new ; Records come tumbling down ; The worst team in Baseball wins ; American history, art and baseball ; Charlie Hustle ; Just like the next kid ; The numbers.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 4-6. Based on an exhibition called The Perfect Game: America Looks at Baseball, this unusual anecdotal history of baseball, from eighteenth-century "town ball" to Sammy Sosa, is illustrated with American folk and outsider art related to the theme, plus an array of pictures of early balls, bats, and other artifacts. On topical spreads gathered within broad chronological sections, Coleman, aided by Elizabeth Warren, former curator of the American Folk Art Museum in New York, covers the growth of such developments as the Little, National, Negro, and Women's Leagues; reservation baseball; the game's international spread; its most renowned players (and goats); and its "New Heroes." The text frequently refers to the accompanying illustrations, and it occasionally highlights a particular artist, such as photographer Charles M. Conlon. Despite a few factual miscues (for instance, the "house that Ruth built" was hardly "the first baseball stadium in America"), this merits attention for showing baseball's integral relationship to American culture, and some of the creative ways in which ordinary fans have expressed their love for the game. --John Peters Copyright 2003 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Drawing on The Perfect Game, Warren's adult book and exhibit of the same name at New York's American Folk Art Museum (she is curator), this elegant volume may well be irresistible to fans of America's favorite pastime. The authors trace the history of the sport from its beginnings prior to 1900, pausing for a look at "Heroes and Bums" of the early years, through the breaking of race and gender barriers and ending with its current status around the world-but particularly in the U.S. The result is as inspiring as it is entertaining. The lively, informative text discusses the convictions of the game's first promoters ("In 1857... it was decided that baseball must continue to be an amateur game. Money would be its ruination, so the players should never be paid"), the first professional game in 1869 and the "trading" of players three years later. Well-chosen artifacts embellish brief biographies of such icons as Babe Ruth (e.g., a Navajo rug created for the legendary player in the early 1920s) and Jackie Robinson, plus the origins of baseball cards (players' portraits were printed on the cardboard used to stiffen soft cigarette packages-"Fans inhaled, exhaled, and collected their heroes"). Other events appear as occasional timelines at the right side of many spreads (e.g., the first World Series in Boston in 1903). While die-hard fans may wish for more information (who were the teams to play in the 1903 World Series?), this attractive volume, enticingly packaged with a plethora of photographs, memorabilia and often astonishing folk art, will certainly whet appetites. The book's crisp design also hits a home run, making the most of a visual bounty that helps to underscore the sport's tremendous influence on the national psyche. Ages 8-12. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Baseball -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Baseball -- History.
Publisher New York :Harry N. Abrams :2003
In association with the American Folk Art Museum,
Contributors Warren, Elizabeth V.
Language English
Description 48 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page [2]). .
ISBN 0810945800
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