Baseball evokes a sense of nostalgic euphoria for fans of the game. Many remember their first visit to a major league ballpark with the pristine emerald field, the smell of popcorn and peanuts wafting through the air, and the sound of the crack of the bat. But, as seen in the documents in this book, baseball is more than these memories. For our nation, this pastime is truly a mirror of American society.
The records highlighted in this book come from numerous repositories in the National Archives system. Locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, College Park, Denver, Fort Worth, Kansas City, New York, Riverside, San Francisco, Seattle, and St. Louis, as well as the Center for Legislative Archives, the Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and George W. Bush Presidential Libraries contributed documents. The baseball stories included in this book only scratch the surface of what can be found in the stacks of the National Archives. To learn more about the records at the National Archives please visit www.archives.gov.