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The Best of River-Town Small-Ball

Doug Nachbar

The Best of River-Town Small-Ball captures the spirit, culture, and intensity of a special era of American life-The Golden Age of Baseball. Using both local "amateur" and professional baseball as both historical subject and literary vehicle, the book details aspects of the game and great local balllplayers whose excellence at the game made them at least local legends. Characteristics of the game and the time are clear:
  • Baseball was life, and life was baseball.
  • The boys were home from the war, full of hope and fire.
  • Recovering economies began to roar.
  • Character was stilll king.
  • Boys of alll ages had an abundance of heroes.
  • Country and communities were growing and optimistic.
  • Jackie Robinson had broken MLB's racial barrier.
  • Obscene salaries didn't separate the heroes in Boston and Brooklyn from those in Brownton and Belle Plaine.
  • Baseball was the National Myth and the Local Buzz.
  • Boys found a way to play ball every summer day.
  • Town teams played "up" to bring the "best brand of baseball" possible to rabid fans.
  • League competitions were ferocious dogfights.
"God, baseball was fun back then," Arlington, MN, and Iron Range legend Jim Stoll exclaimed.

"It was the golden age of everything," Minneapolis shortstop and advertising executive Jerry Stahl said of the era

Book Details

  • Publisher: Independently Published
  • Publish Date: May 12nd, 2023
  • Pages: 404
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.83in - 1.19lb
  • EAN: 9798393767525
  • Categories: Social History