Baseball and Cricket : The Creation of American Team Sports, 1838-72 Paperback / softback
Part of the Sport and Society series
Paperback / softback
How and why Americans chose baseball over its early rival, cricket, as the national pastimeGeorge B.
Kirsch takes us back to amateur playing fields around the country to re-create the excitement of the early matches, the players, clubs, and their fans.
As a narrative history, Baseball and Cricket places the growing popularity of the two sports within the social context of mid-nineteenth-century American cities.
The book's comparative analysis follows baseball's transition from a leisure sport to a commercialized, professional enterprise and offers the first complete discussion of the early American cricket clubs.A volume in the series Sport and Society, edited by Benjamin G.
Rader and Randy Roberts