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The Resource Breaking the slump : baseball in the Depression Era, Charles C. Alexander

Breaking the slump : baseball in the Depression Era, Charles C. Alexander

Label
Breaking the slump : baseball in the Depression Era
Title
Breaking the slump
Title remainder
baseball in the Depression Era
Statement of responsibility
Charles C. Alexander
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • In the 1930s, professional baseball remained the king of American sports, in terms of both spectators and participants. In an era that saw the likes of players such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Satchel Paige, and other legends of the game such as Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis and John McGraw, baseball easily maintained its place as the nation's foremost athletic pastime. In this history, baseball historian Charles C. Alexander conveys a sense of what baseball was like in the Depression years and what it meant to millions of Americans who could no longer afford to attend games on a regular basis. These first years after the dead-ball era saw on-the-field changes like the first night game, the first use of players' names on uniforms, and the sacrifice-fly rule. Alexander also recounts how individual players were affected by the Depression off the field--deep salary cuts, their finances wiped out by the stock market crash, almost every player working more than one job in the off-season--and takes a deeper look at how the Depression affected minor leaguers and Negro leaguers. A chapter entitled "Baseball Lives" is packed with stories of how players managed and lost their money; how their vices were made public; and how immigrants, the poverty-stricken, and college men all made their way to the big leagues. From the Yankees dynasty of the late 1930s that won four consecutive World Series to stoic Franklin D. Roosevelt tossing the first pitch at the Washington Senators home openers, Alexander captures the mood and texture of the sport seventy years ago
  • "Breaking the Slump is the story of baseball during the 1930s when the National Pastime came of age as a business, an entertainment, and a passion, and when the teams of the American and National Leagues fielded perhaps the greatest rosters in the history of the game. Whether as rookies, stars in their prime, or legends on the wane, Babe Ruth, Rogers Hornsby, Lou Gehrig, Hank Greenberg, Dizzy Dean, Ted Williams, and Joe DiMaggio all left their mark on the game and on the American imagination in the decade before America's entry into World War II. In one remarkable year, 1934, the entire starting lineup of the American League All-Stars consisted of future Hall of Famers. This surfeit of talent provided much-needed entertainment to a nation struggling through economic hardship on an enormous scale."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
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Alexander, Charles C
Dewey number
796.357/0973/09043
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
GV863.A1
LC item number
A37 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Baseball
Label
Breaking the slump : baseball in the Depression Era, Charles C. Alexander
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-313) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Shadowball
  • Recovery and War, 1940-1941
  • Past Times
  • The Last Fat Year, 1930
  • Lean Years, 1931-1932
  • The Leanest Year, 1933
  • New Deal Baseball, 1934-1935
  • Toward Recovery, 1936-1937
  • Pathos and Progress, 1938-1939
  • Baseball Lives
Control code
48450982
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780231113427
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2001052994
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)48450982
Label
Breaking the slump : baseball in the Depression Era, Charles C. Alexander
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-313) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Shadowball
  • Recovery and War, 1940-1941
  • Past Times
  • The Last Fat Year, 1930
  • Lean Years, 1931-1932
  • The Leanest Year, 1933
  • New Deal Baseball, 1934-1935
  • Toward Recovery, 1936-1937
  • Pathos and Progress, 1938-1939
  • Baseball Lives
Control code
48450982
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780231113427
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2001052994
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)48450982

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