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Author and scholar Braham Dabscheck muses upon some of baseball's silent yet magnificently important treasures. He examines several topics, including the business of the game (industrial and labor relations, Curt Flood, law, and organized baseball); social commentary biographies (the work of Stephen Jay Gould and Ken Burns, for example); and culture of the game as it spreads across the globe to places like Australia, Japan, and Latin America. This collection of essays is both insightful and remarkable, and is a valuable companion to any enthusiast.
"In Braham Dabscheck's Reading Baseball, we get an understanding of baseball more appropriate to non-fiction than fiction. In writing this work, Dabscheck is taking on more than a century of writing that has been crippled by half-truths, myth-making, sanctimony, and outright mendacity. The book corrects our understanding of the political economy of the national pastime."
~ from the foreword by Dave Zirin, sport columnist and host of Edge of Sports Radio