If you love baseball as much as I do, you’ll find Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game interesting.
The book traces the origins of the game, starting with the baseball clubs in New York in the 1830’s, all the way up to the 1930’s and the first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame (Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner and Christy Mathewson, just for the record.)
John Thorn clearly spent a great deal of time going through old records and accounts of the beginnings of the sport, since Baseball in the Garden of Eden is thoroughly researched and well-written. It is not a light “beach read”, but is worth reading if you’re interested in the history of sports.
Baseball in the Garden of Eden is published by Simon & Schuster and is available now at booksellers everywhere.