The Golden Game by Kevin Nelson
The Story of California Baseball

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This is a rich, beautifully written, beautifully illustrated history of California baseball from its origins in the Gold Rush in the 1850s to the arrival of the major leagues a century later with the coming of the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers and later, the Angels, Athletics and Padres.
California’ has a unique role in baseball, producing more current major leaguers than any other state. Its history includes many national personalities well known to baseball fans: Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Casey Stengel, Billy Martin, Walter Johnson, and many more. Their stories are all told in The Golden Game, as well as the stories of the Pacific Coast League, the Japanese-American baseball experience in the state, the origins of the classic baseball poem, "Casey at the Bat," and much, much more.

An excellent, absorbing read for anyone who loves America's game.

About Kevin Nelson

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Kevin Nelson is the author of The Daddy Guide: Real-Life Advice and Tips from over 250 Dads and Other Experts; Pickle, Pepper and Tip-In Too: 275 Sports-Derived Games and Activities for Kids; and Operation Bullpen. He was a regular correspondent for and has written articles for the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Magazine, among others.
Published June 1, 2004 by Heyday Books. 379 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Nelson (The Runner's Book of Daily Inspiration ) presents the development of the sport in California from its introduction until 1969, just before native son Curt Flood filed suit to challenge baseball's "plantation mentality" by fighting the reserve clause, ultimately opening the door for free a...

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