Baseball: The Golden Age

Baseball: The Golden Age

Baseball: The Golden Age

Baseball: The Golden Age


In Baseball: The Golden Age, Harold Seymour and Dorothy Seymour Mills explore the glorious era when the game truly captured the American imagination, with such legendary figures as Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb in the spotlight. Beginning with the formation of the two major leagues in 1903, when baseball officially entered its "golden age" of popularity, the authors examine the changes in the organization of professional baseball--from an unwieldy three-man commission to the strong one-man rule of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis. They depicts how the play on the field shifted from the low-scoring, pitcher-dominated game of the "dead ball" era before World War I to the higher scoring of the 1920's "lively ball" era, with emphasis on home runs, best exemplified by the exploits of Babe Ruth. Note: On August 2, 2010, Oxford University Press made public that it would credit Dorothy Seymour Mills as co-author of the three baseball histories previously "authored" solely by her late husband, Harold Seymour. The Seymours collaborated on Baseball: The Early Years (1960), Baseball: The Golden Age (1971) and Baseball: The People's Game (1991).


The publication of this paperback edition of the second volume of my history of baseball will, I trust, reward the patience of those readers who have been trying to get a copy of it since the first edition sold out. Those who expected a long overdue third volume to have appeared by now and have written me asking about it will, I hope, continue to be patient.

On checking this book for the purpose of bringing it up to date, I find that for the most part the changes that were needed involved playing records, since old records have been broken or matched by contemporary players, and since by industrious checking statisticians have discovered discrepancies in old critical records and thus been able to alter them. I am glad to incorporate such changes in the paperback edition of this book and to acknowledge the work of statisticians and other researchers.

I am also grateful for the appreciative audience this book has found among journalists, historians, and fans, and for its having been widely recognized as the second volume of the premier work on the history of baseball, the basic reference in its field for librarians, speechmakers, and columnists.

Since the publication of this book sports historians, sociologists, and physical education specialists have explored the topics treated here in more detail. "On all great subjects much remains to be said," Macaulay remarked. But the new information these researchers have uncovered does not alter the basic description of a significant era in the development of America's national game.

As for those few who have cavilled at my work or used parts of it without crediting me, I can only say with Jonathan Swift, "I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed."

Keene, N. H. H.S. October 2988 . . .

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