Book Report on Baseball: A History of America's Game by Benjamin G. Rader

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Book Report on Baseball: A History of America's Game by Benjamin G. Rader In "Baseball: A History of America's Game", the Author Benjamin G. Rader discusses the history of baseball and how it developed to present day. Rader explains how baseball started as a simple game consisting of no rules besides the players using a stick to hit a ball and its constant evolution to what the game is today. He also displays several issues which America's favorite sport has had while …show more content…
Rader illustrates how the club organization such as the Knickerbockers showed respect to the game by starting post game ceremonies. He gives an example of how the winning team would receive the game ball with the score stenciled on it to display in their trophy case. The growing crowd of spectators and the overall love of the game helped launch the platform for the formation of the National League in 1876. Rader says since the love of baseball was growing within society so were the number of spectators coming to the games. This overall growth caused several issues with the game's development and within the players' character. One issue that occurred is the owner's of the baseball fields began to put up fences around their fields and charge admission prices for the fans. He states that William Cammeyer was the first individual to build a fence around his field. Radar believes this was the actual start of professional baseball playing. With the revenue the baseball society started to become greedy and many charges of gambling and game dumping occurred. He gives an example of when gamblers shot their pistols just so the fielder would drop the ball and they would win the bet. The reason the owners and players did this was to make sure the majority of the fans were happy and would continue to come to

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