The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball
Sep 16, 2022
Jonathan Fraser Light
The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball

There's a reason why baseball is America's pasttime. More than any other sport, it occupies a large portion of the nation's psyche and culture. Jon Light spent decades researching this fascinating, fun and important book. Not just for fans of the sport, it is meant for anyone who is interested in the history of the game and its critical role in America's identity. For example, Light traces the beginning of the Civil Rights era to Branch Rickey's controversial decision after World War II to draft a former football standout at USC named Jackie Robinson. The book includes many sketches of Hall of Fame players, owners, executives, umpires and league presidents.