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Baseball before We Knew It: A Search for the Roots of the Game (English Edition) It may be Americas game, but no one seems to know how or when baseball really started Theories abound, myths proliferate, but reliable information has been in short supplyuntil now, when Baseball before We Knew It brings fresh new evidence of baseballs origins into play David Block looks into the early history of the game and of theyear old debate about its beginnings He tackles one stubborn misconception after another, debunking the enduring belief that baseball descended from the English game of rounders and revealing a surprising new explanation for the most notorious myth of allthe Abner DoubledayCooperstown storyBlocks book takes readers on an exhilarating journey through the centuries in search of clues to the evolution of our modern National Pastime Among his startling discoveries is a set of long forgotten baseball rules from the s Block evaluates the originality and historical significance of the Knickerbocker rules of , revisits European studies on the ancestry of baseball which indicate that the game dates back hundreds, if not thousands of years, and assembles a detailed history of games and pastimes from the Middle Ages onward that contributed to baseballs development In its thoroughness and reach, and its extensive descriptive bibliography of early baseball sources, this book is a unique and invaluable resourcea comprehensive, reliable, and readable account of baseball before it was Americas gameDavid Block is a long time collector of early baseball books and memorabilia, and is a passionate, lifelong fan of the game and its historyIt may be Americas game, but no one seems to know how or when baseball really started Theories abound, myths proliferate, but reliable information has been in short supplyuntil now, when Baseball before We Knew It brings fresh new evidence of baseballs origins into play David Block looks into the early history of the game and of theyear old debate about its beginnings He tackles one stubborn misconception after another, debunking the enduring belief that baseball descended from the English game of rounders and revealing a surprising new explanation for the most notorious myth of allthe Abner DoubledayCooperstown storyBlocks book takes readers on an exhilarating journey through the centuries in search of clues to the evolution of our modern National Pastime Among his startling discoveries is a set of long forgotten baseball rules from the s Block evaluates the originality and historical significance of the Knickerbocker rules of , revisits European studies on the ancestry of baseball which indicate that the game dates back hundreds, if not thousands of years, and assembles a detailed history of games and pastimes from the Middle Ages onward that contributed to baseballs development In its thoroughness and reach, and its extensive descriptive bibliography of early baseball sources, this book is a unique and invaluable resourcea comprehensive, reliable, and readable account of baseball before it was Americas gameDavid Block is a long time collector of early baseball books and memorabilia, and is a passionate, lifelong fan of the game and its history

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