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    First Pitch: How Baseball Began


    Ebook by John Thorn

    John Thorn is the official historian for MLB and has written many books on baseball history. First Pitch is the ideal introduction to the origins of the game for readers of all ages. Crammed with original primary research and newly discovered artifacts, memorabilia, colorful paintings and images, this comprehensive historical work is perhaps most interesting for replacing long-established myths with fact. Thorn himself made some of the key discoveries that have opened up the early history of the game. First Pitch takes readers out to the ballpark to meet heroes old and new, from the two Abners (Abner Doubleday and Abner Graves) to Alexander Cartwright and the Knickerbockers. Thorn won the Bob Davids Award, the highest honor given by the Society for American Baseball Research, and was a senior creative consultant for the Ken Burns’ documentary, Baseball.

    About the Author

    John Thorn, the Official Baseball Historian for Major LeagueBaseball, is one of baseball's most interesting (and prolific) writers.His books include Baseball in the Garden of Eden, New York | 400, Total Baseball: The Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball and The Hidden Game of Baseball.He is an historian and expert on the early years of baseball, New YorkCity, football, hockey, cricket, architecture, art, music and oysters.








    Print Length:  40 pages

    Published:  1/31/2012

    ISBN:  9780984862986


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