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Baseball in Blue and Gray The National Pastime during the Civil War Review ´ 107

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Baseball in Blue and Gray The National Pastime during the Civil WarTh of commercialismKirsch recounts vivid stories of great players and describes soldiers playing ball to relieve boredom He introduces entrepreneurs who preached the gospel of baseball boosted female attendance and found new ways in Blue and Gray The MOBI #194 to make money in Blue and Gray The MOBI #194 We witness bitterly contested championships that enthralled whole cities We watch African Americans embracing baseball despite official exclusion And we see legends spring from the pens of early sportswritersRich with anecdotes and surprising facts this narrative of baseball's coming of age reveals the remarkable extent to which America's national pastime is bound up with the country's defining even. There has traditionally been a theory that baseball became the national pastime during the Civil War when soldiers from the Northeast where the game had its start in the 1840's would interact with their comrades from other parts of the country and play ball during lulls between battles George B Kirsch maintains that that is only part of the story Kirsch gives the origins of baseball spoiler it wasn't Abner Doubleday and traces the games evolution and progression especially in its hotbed cities of Boston and particularly New York The game uickly took off however and even before the war some newspapers were calling it although probably hyperbolicly the national game It can't be disputed however that matches between top clubs were attracting hundreds of spectators even before the war Kirsch gives us an overview of the game during the war in the military and also on the homefront He also discusses the issues of social class and race and their impact on the game and vice versa He also looks at how the game became commercialized as the 1860's went on and eventually professional by the 1870's This is a short book that is trying to do a lot but at the same time feels bloated Kirsch writes in an academic style that really feels like a lecture hall and does not bring much life to the characters The book is at times as dry as dust Don't get me wrong in terms of treating the subject Kirsch does the job although simplifying some things I suspect But the read is a real slog

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And governing bodies set rules But the Civil War years proved crucial in securing the game's place in the American heart Soldiers with bats in their rucksacks spread baseball to training camps war prisons and even front lines As nationalist fervor heightened baseball became patriotic Fans honored it with the title of national pastime War metaphors were commonplace in Blue and eBook #10003 in sports reporting and charity games were scheduled Decades later Union general Abner Doubleday would be credited wrongly with baseball's invention The Civil War period also saw key developments in the sport itself including the spread of the New York style of play the advent of revised pitching rules and the grow. I have a couple of issues with this book First it is dry as hell Feels like reading a text book at times I get the feeling the author would wear that complaint as a badge of honor too Second it is very much a primary source only kind of text It seems like periodicals of the period were the only resources used extensively Which will color any attempt at a complete story Speaking of coloring a story the author also seems to be looking at early baseball with rose colored glasses Wishing that the game went back to when it was fun That is of course projection and conjecture but that is my impression while reading Finally although possibly not only I will mention that I have a problem with his extensive use of the word nationalism in this book I understand he is using it in the context of the Unionists trying to keep the country together and be proud of the Union soldiers but that term has so many modern implications that I think an author just can't ignore in a book written in 2003 A different word perhaps or at least mentioning your stance I dunno Lots of interesting facts amid the constant talk of the New York game but not a keeper for me

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Baseball in Blue and Gray The National Pastime during the Civil War Review ´ 107 ï ❴Download❵ ➾ Baseball in Blue and Gray The National Pastime during the Civil War Author George B. Kirsch – During the Civil War Americans from homefront to battlefront During the Civil War Americans from homefront Blue and eBook #180 to battlefront played baseball as never before While soldiers slaughtered each other over the country's fate players and fans struggled over the form of the national pastime George Kirsch gives us a color commentary of the growth and transformation of baseball during the Civil War He shows that the game was a vital part of the lives of many a soldier and civilian and that baseball's popularity had everything to do with surging American nationalismBy Baseball in PDFEPUB or baseball was poised to emerge as the American sport Clubs in northeastern and a few southern cities played various forms of the game Newspapers published statistics. Baseball and the Civil War it seems as though this book should have had the crossover potential to become a bestseller It did not but that fact does not take away from the merits of George Kirsch's Baseball in Blue and GrayIn order to chronicle the history of The National Pastime During the Civil War the book's subtitle Kirsch a professor of history at Manhattan College begins by describing how during the antebellum period a game known as townball loosely based on the English game of rounders developed in Northern cities like Boston New York and Philadelphia all places where baseball would hold a reasonable degree of importance in times to come The game's importance by the time of the 1860 election is made evident by a Currier Ives print from the post election period that celebrated Abraham Lincoln's electoral victory with a caption that read THE NATIONAL GAME THREE 'OUTS' AND ONE 'RUN' Abraham Winning the Ball p 18 a clever reference to Lincoln's defeat of three separate rivals in that hotly contested electionSoon enough of course the firing on Fort Sumter plunged the entire nation into war; and baseball players mainly in the North but also including a few in the South joined the Civil War armies These men played ball in training camps and prison camps and in peaceful farm fields that would one day become bloody battlefields Back home at least in the North baseball continued to become organized around specific clubs and to draw an increasingly fervent following There were even the beginnings of championship series events looking ahead to the World Series of today Readers who think that commercialism in baseball is something that only came along with the TV age may be persuaded otherwise by the sober manner in which Kirsch observes that The commercialization of baseball followed naturally from the long accepted practice of charging admission fees for popular amusements in general and sporting eventsin particular 108 A final chapter even looks ahead to how the issues of race that had brought on the war would continue to affect the game of baseball for than 80 years after Appomattox chiefly through the rigid segregation that took hold in baseball after the Civil War and was not done away with until Jackie Robinson took the field with the Brooklyn Dodgers in April of 1947 Baseball in Blue and Gray is well illustrated with photographs and illustrations and yes in case you're wondering included among those illustrations is Otto Boettischer's famous drawing of Union prisoners and rebel guards competing in a baseball game at the Confederate prison camp in Salisbury North Carolina Suffice it to say that the sualid reality of life at the Salisbury prison did not match the bucolic uality of Boettischer's drawing It is a short book 135 pages in its Princeton University Press hardcover edition and is a stately rather than a compelling read; but then again baseball is a stately game Both baseball fans and Civil War enthusiasts should enjoy George Kirsch's Baseball in Blue and Gray