Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America’s Pastime

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Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America’s Pastime

2019

Every time you watch baseball, you're participating in the latest chapter of a compelling story that goes back hundreds of years. In 24 lectures that paint a portrait of the sport's remarkable past and take you from the...

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Director
The Great Courses
Features
Bruce Markusen
Supplier
The Great Courses

In This Series

Ground Rules: Baseball before Babe Ruth
Episode 1
Ground Rules: Baseball before Babe Ruth
Early Bat and Ball Games
Episode 2
Early Bat and Ball Games
The Era of Amateur Baseball Clubs
Episode 3
The Era of Amateur Baseball Clubs
The Dawn of Professional Baseball
Episode 4
The Dawn of Professional Baseball
Baseball's Many Leagues and Associations
Episode 5
Baseball's Many Leagues and Associations
How Baseball Created the World Series
Episode 6
How Baseball Created the World Series
Baseball Grows by Hitting the Road
Episode 7
Baseball Grows by Hitting the Road
Sacred Ground: Baseball's Early Ballparks
Episode 8
Sacred Ground: Baseball's Early Ballparks
The Development of Baseball's Rules
Episode 9
The Development of Baseball's Rules
The Evolution of Protective Equipment
Episode 10
The Evolution of Protective Equipment
The Role of Women in Baseball's Early Days
Episode 11
The Role of Women in Baseball's Early Days
Black Baseball before the Negro Leagues
Episode 12
Black Baseball before the Negro Leagues
Prejudice and Diversity in Early Baseball
Episode 13
Prejudice and Diversity in Early Baseball
Baseball Grows through the Press
Episode 14
Baseball Grows through the Press
Baseball Becomes a Game of Numbers
Episode 15
Baseball Becomes a Game of Numbers
Baseball: A Game for the Fans
Episode 16
Baseball: A Game for the Fans
Baseball and Our Common Culture
Episode 17
Baseball and Our Common Culture
The Business behind the National Pastime
Episode 18
The Business behind the National Pastime
Players, Owners, and the Reserve Clause
Episode 19
Players, Owners, and the Reserve Clause
American Politics and Early Baseball
Episode 20
American Politics and Early Baseball
Baseball's Rituals and Traditions
Episode 21
Baseball's Rituals and Traditions
The Impact of War on Baseball
Episode 22
The Impact of War on Baseball
Scandals and Deception on the Diamond
Episode 23
Scandals and Deception on the Diamond
How Changing Baseballs Changed the Game
Episode 24
How Changing Baseballs Changed the Game