Perhaps the most iconic representation of Americana, baseball captured the hearts of the American public when it first gained
traction around the country in the mid-19th century. The sport continues to enthrall audiences both in the United States and
around the world through informal games, regional associations, and at the professional level. This volume introduces readers
to the history of a sport that in many ways is inextricably tied to the American ethos and surveys the lives of some of its
key professional players.