Our Game: An American Baseball History
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: April 2012
Duration: 14 hours 35 minutes
This entertaining history blends anecdote, incident, and analysis as it chronicles the story of our national pastime. Alexander covers the advent of the first professional baseball leagues, the game's surge in the early twentieth century, the Golden Twenties and the Gray Thirties, the breaking of the color line in the late forties, and the game's expansion to its current status as a premier team sport. He describes changing playing styles and outstanding teams and personalities but also demonstrates the many connections between baseball-as game, sport, and business-and the evolution of tastes, values, and institutions in the United States.
"This coherent narrative history captures the glory, the excitement, and the occasional scandal that characterize the country's favorite sport. Entertaining and informative without flogging readers with a plethora of numbing statistics, Alexander's style should appeal to fans and students of baseball lore. A book that should readily lend itself as a tool in teaching modern American social and cultural history."-School Library Journal