This book tells the story of our national pastime through documents, photographs, audio, video, and other records preserved at the National Archives. It covers of the role of baseball during the two world wars, contract disputes, civil rights, equal access and opportunity on and off the playing field, the steroids era, the universal appeal of the game to players and fans, Presidential involvement, improvements to the sport, Little League, Spring Training, Opening Day, and celebrations along the way. Notable baseball players include Roberto Clemente, Jim Thorpe, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Casey Stengel, Andrew Rube Foster, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Joe DiMaggio, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Curt Flood, Joe Tinker, and Hank Aaron. Major League teams mentioned include the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, and New York Giants.
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