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.
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Published June 1, 2004
by Heyday Books.
History, Sports & Outdoors.