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Contents Preface Part I: The Joy of the Game 1 The National Game 2 The Origins of Baseball 3 Opening Day by Jim Brosnan 4 The Collector: J. R. Burdick and the World of Baseball Cards by Mark Lamster Part II: Seasons of Dreams, Teams of Destiny 5 Dynasties: More than Just Those Damn Yankees by Gary Gillette and Pete Palmer 6 The Red Stockings: Baseball's First Professional Team 7 The Black Sox Scandal by Eliot Asinof 8 1941: An Unmatchable Summer by Ray Robinson 9 Next Year Arrives: The 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers by Doris Kearns Goodwin 10 1975 World Series--An October Classic by Bill Lee 11 The Greatest World Series by Josh Leventhal 12 1998: The Year Baseball Came "Back". . . But Did It Ever Really Leave? by Alan Schwarz 13 The Greatest Rivalry: Yankees vs. Red Sox by Harvey Frommer Part III: Legends of the Diamond 14 Pennant Madness--And a Boy Grows Up by Ty Cobb 15 Christy Mathewson: Gentleman Giant by Eric Rolfe Greenberg 16 Revolution in Baseball: Ruth Reaches New York by Robert Creamer 17 What Makes a Great Hitter? by Ted Williams 18 The Last Immortals: Stan Musial and Bob Feller by Marty Appel 19 Satchel Gets His Start by Leroy "Satchel" Paige 20 A Lone Negro in the Game by Jules Tygiel 21 What Is So Rare As a Willie Mays? by Tallulah Bankhead 22 Perfection: The Dominance of Sandy Koufax by Jane Leavy 23 Final Twist of the Drama: Hank Aaron, Home Run King by George Plimpton 24 Distance: The Elusive Bob Gibson by Roger Angell 25 The Education of Sammy Sosa by Tom Verducci 26 Barry Bonds: Is He the Greatest Ever? by John Thorn Text Credits Illustration Credits Index
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Baseball -- United States -- Anecdotes.
Baseball -- United States -- History.