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A History of America's Game

Benjamin G. Rader

Narrated by Joe Barrett

Approximately 12.5 hours


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Book published by University of Illinois Press

A succinct history of baseball, newly revised and updated.

In this third edition of his lively history of America's game, widely recognized as the best of its kind, Benjamin G. Rader expands his scope, covering record crowds and record income, construction of new ballparks, a change in the strike zone, a surge in recruiting Japanese players, and an emerging cadre of explosive long-ball hitters.

Benjamin G. Rader is James L. Sellers Professor of History at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and the author of American Sports: From the Age of Folk Games to the Age of Televised Sports.

Joe Barrett (narrator) has narrated dozens of audiobooks for major companies and is the winner of multiple Earphones Awards (AudioFile).


“The best single-volume history of the sport.... Tackles the business and organizational evolution of the professional game, while not losing sight of how it was played on the field.”

—Warren Goldstein, Washington Post Book World

“The search for a good compact history of baseball is over. This work, thoughtfully constructed to locate the national pastime within a rich social and economic context, is a model of historical synthesis.... This reviewer does not know of a better history of baseball.”


Baseball reflects Rader's firm grasp of the best and latest scholarship and his insightful understanding of American sport history.”

—Steve Gietschier, Sporting News

“A grand slam.... An entertaining, insightful history of the national pastime set within the context of major issues in American society.... By far the finest one-volume history of America's game ever written.”

—Larry R. Gerlach, author of The Men in Blue: Conversations with Umpires



1. The Fraternity and Its Game

2. A Commercial Spectacle

3. The First Professional Teams

4. The First Professional Leagues

5. The Playerís Revolt

6. The Great Baseball War

7. Baseballís Coming of Age

8. The Big Fix

9. The Age of Ruth

10. An Age of Dynasties

11. Baseballís Great Experiment

12.The Last Days of the Old Game

13. Baseball in Trouble

14. The Empowerment of the Players

15. The Demise of the Dynasties

16. The Resurgence of Americaís Game

17. It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

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