First Pitch by John Thorn

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John Thorn is the official historian for MLB and has written many books on baseball history. First Pitch is the ideal introduction to the origins of the game for readers of all ages. Crammed with original primary research and newly discovered artifacts, memorabilia, colorful paintings and images, this comprehensive historical work is perhaps most interesting for replacing long-established myths with fact. Thorn himself made some of the key discoveries that have opened up the early history of the game. First Pitch takes readers out to the ballpark to meet heroes old and new, from the two Abners (Abner Doubleday and Abner Graves) to Alexander Cartwright and the Knickerbockers. Thorn won the Bob Davids Award, the highest honor given by the Society for American Baseball Research, and was a senior creative consultant for the Ken Burns’ documentary, Baseball.
 

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John Thorn was named the Official Baseball Historian for Major League Baseball by Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig in 2011.  Thorn founded and edits Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game, a semiannual scholarly publication. He was the coauthor of Total Baseball, a well-known baseball book, and many other baseball books, notably The Hidden Game of Baseball. He often appears on ESPN, the History Channel, and the MLB Network. He was the chief consultant and on-screen historian for Ken Burns's series "Baseball." He serves as publishing consultant to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Museum of the City of New York.
 
Published January 31, 2012 by Thinker Media, Inc.. 40 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, History. Non-fiction

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Packed with vintage images and photographs, this history of baseball takes readers from the origins of the sport to the present day. Thorn, the official historian for Major League Baseball, describes

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Packed with vintage images and photographs, this history of baseball takes readers from the origins of the sport to the present day.

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He examines many games that could have been forerunners to modern baseball and, even after baseball was a commonly played game in the United States, how it changed and evolved from a game that went to 25 runs to determine a winner, that had two or three people backing up the catcher for wild pitc...

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