Baseball: America’s National Pastime

Stay current with baseball’s past at Dover Publications.

If you’re a devoted follower of a baseball team or just curious about the sport long regarded as America’s original national pastime, Dover Books has a wealth of titles about baseball’s colorful history, as well as memoirs from some of its most notable players and managers.

Let’s take a look:

Dynasty: The New York Yankees, 1949–1964 by Peter Golenbock. This book provides an overview of the greatest era of baseball’s most successful team. During this sixteen-year span, the Bronx Bombers won nine World Series titles, including a run of five in a row. The Yankees lineup included a pantheon of great players profiled in the book, including Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Whitey Ford, as well as the team’s beloved manager, Casey Stengel.

Even the Browns by William R. Meade. The Browns played in St. Louis from 1902 to 1953, after which the franchise moved away and became the Baltimore Orioles. The Browns were long regarded as an American League doormat; the team won only one pennant in St. Louis, in 1944 during World War II, when major league rosters had been depleted due to players who served in the armed forces. A review in The New York Times states: “Mr. Mead describes the Browns and baseball’s war years with wit and irony.”

Voices from the Great Black Baseball Leagues by John Holway. Before Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color line in 1947, African American players, including such greats as pitcher Satchel Paige and home run slugger Josh Bell, could only perform in Baseball’s Negro Leagues. Author John Holway began interviewing former Negro Leagues players during the 1960s and eventually wrote this book which contains oral histories of baseball’s segregated era from recollections by seventeen former players and a team owner. The newly revised edition includes eighty vintage photos and a foreword by baseball historian Frank Cersei.

Dover’s baseball titles also include book-length memoirs by such legendary figures as New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth, the Detroit Tigers hitter and base-stealing wizard Ty Cobb, and longtime manager and owner of the Philadelphia Athletics, Connie Mack.

And what about introducing America’s Pastime to the next generation of sports fans?

The Legends of Baseball Discovery Kit is a great way to keep kids entertained or to help spark their interest. Paper dolls, a coloring book, and classic card reproductions make it easy and fun to learn the history of America’s greatest players.

Dover also has stickers, stencils and coloring and activity books.

And, finally, you cannot go wrong giving a gift enclosed in one of our Old-Time Baseball Punch-Out Gift Boxes. These super-cool pages are easy to assemble and will make gifts of ball game tickets or other items even more special.

After the boys of summer are gone, you can still enjoy the game. Stock up now and you’ll be ready for the hot stove league after the season’s over, when there’s nothing to do except visit the museums in Cooperstown or Kansas City, Missouri.

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