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About the author: Charles C. Alexander, formerly a distinguished professor of history at Ohio University, is the author of a number of books, including the celebrated biographies Ty Cobb and John McGraw.
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By Catcher50 on 06-26-12
While the book is somewhat outdated and doesn't reflect some of the events of the last 20 years, including 4 new franchises, the PED scandals, one franchise move, and the strike of '94, it is a very good primer to explain how baseball and professional baseball in particular got where it has.
It is a very good overview of the first 150 years of our national pastime. I would love to see an update. The one thing that I'd particularly want to see is the emergence of SABR and the effects that "Advanced Baseball Metrics" (aka SABRmetrics) has had on the game and the evaluation of some of its personalities.
On the other hand, a look at Kenesaw Mountain Landis gives a good picture of the horrors that a bad commissioner can perpetrate; it is nice to know why the Oakland Athletics use an elephant as a mascot; there is a story behind why the Cincinnati Reds were called the "Redlegs" for a period; and how some of the, seemingly, oddball rules came to be.
I do have to mark the narrator down, considerably. He mispronounced so many names that it was driving me crazy. Also, there was some baseball terminology that he didn't make flow. While he does have a very listenable voice, and I have enjoyed other books that he has read, his lack of knowledge about this most American of sports should have precluded him from doing the narration, or he should at least have gotten a new coach.
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By Hanna on 07-25-12
Learn The Names
What did you like best about Our Game? What did you like least?
Interesting History Lesson
What didn’t you like about Grover Gardner’s performance?
Slow and Tedious, but the worst was his continual mispronunciation of players names. It is especially annoying when he does it with a really famous guy. BOO
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