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Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game
 
 
Author
John Thorn.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.45 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780743294034
Pages/Publication Date 365/2011
Daedalus Item Code 32256
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Think you know how the game of baseball began? John Thorn—official historian of Major League Baseball, coauthor of Total Baseball, and the chief consultant and on-screen historian for Ken Burns's series Baseball—shows how a small cult became instrumental in the commission that established the origins of the game (and why the selection of Abner Doubleday as baseball's father was as strangely logical as it was patently absurd). His book is full of heroes, scoundrels, and dupes; it packs more scandal by far than the 1919 Black Sox World Series fix; and it's coincidentally the story of 19th-century America, a land of opportunity and limitation, glory and greed.

"If you love history or baseball, you will enjoy Thorn's impeccably researched tome; if you love both, you will be mesmerized."—Washington Post

"No one, absolutely no one, knows more about the history of our national pastime than John Thorn, and this new book ought to settle once and for all many of the questions fans have about baseball's origins. Superb."—Ken Burns

 
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