This book is about what makes baseball the sport it is today. We’ll take you inside a game to see what individual players are thinking. You will visit the early days of the sport to see some of the influences that have made the game what it is today. You will be inspired by the examples of real players who have pursued a dream, watched their dream crumble before their eyes, and then persisted with dedication and hard work to attain success. If life is about winning and competition, then the game of baseball is a rich soil in which to develop success. This book will give you a fresh background on which to build an informed appreciation of the game and the devotion necessary to succeed at the highest level of the sport.
Baseball is a sport rich in history, culture, and traditions. It doesn’t matter if you have devoted your entire life to the game or whether you know little about baseball besides its name; this book is for you! You will find inside these pages both inspiration and a treasure of knowledge to flesh out the game for you. Beyond an on-the-field description of how the game is played, you will be introduced to some of the strategies that have made baseball so unpredictably fascinating.
Because baseball relies equally upon chance and skill, you will discover some of the tactics players have used to try and improve their odds for success: changing the bat, scuffing the ball, bunting, stealing bases, and the use of any number of superstitions and good-luck charms, to name a few. Just for fun, test your own skill and expand your knowledge of baseball by perusing the list of fifty baseball questions; even if you are an expert, you just might uncover something new about the game.
You will also meet some of the interesting people who have contributed to the game and will learn from the ongoing legacy of practical innovation that has shaped baseball over its one hundred plus years of history. You will be introduced to innovators such as John Hillerich, Barry Bonds, Russ Ford, Harry Decker, Albert Spalding, and Alexander Cartwright. You will discover the connection between the two sports of baseball and dodge ball, find out why there is a large bump in the middle of the playing field, and be transported to the ballpark for the first time “The Star Spangled Banner” was sung by the crowd.
Here you will trace the game from its earliest days in the streets, yards, and fields of the American continent to the full-fledged professional athletic entertainment it has become. You will be inspired by the lives of athletes who pursued their dream and continued to hope even when it appeared they would never play again. In addition, you will learn how fans have shown their support for their favorite teams and encouraged them, even in the darkest of days. Whatever your interest or level of knowledge, “The History of Baseball” will entertain, educate, and inspire!
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