One of my New Year Resolutions was to read one book per week. This week, I read George Vecsey’s Baseball: A History of America’s Favorite Game. I would highly recommend this book to anybody who is a sports or baseball fan. While it’s not an in depth historical account of baseball’s history, it is a fun, breezy, passionate look at some key events that shaped the game. Highlights included the games historical lineage, going back to Europe and Asia, the development of the game in the 1800s, racism and Jackie Robinson, the Negro League greats, Babe Ruth, free agency and Curt Flood, Pete Rose and other big scandals, and the current state of the game.
I found the chapters on race and the game the most moving. Here is one of my favorite passages: