This is my most recent work that came out a few weeks back. It is nonfiction. Scholarship. Yes! Scholarship! Our club has an author who does research and cites things and doesn’t just make up stories! Crazy, I know, but every book club needs a crazy guy like every family has that crazy uncle, right? 🙂
Here is the description. If you know a serious baseball fan, this might be the thing for them:
After the 1889 baseball season, the players of the National League, furious over their treatment by NL owners, decided to secede from the National League and start their own rival league, the Players League. Their league lasted only one season, but its formation remains one of the seminal events in understanding the trajectory of nineteenth-century baseball. Why is this true?
By learning why the players of the NL elected to strike out on their own, we gain insight into some of the critical issues facing the game in the late 1880s, particularly the relationship between team owners and their players. However, that’s not all. Had a few things gone differently, the Players League might have succeeded. Had it done so, the entire history of major league baseball would have been vastly different. Therefore, understanding the motivations of the players gives us a glimpse of both what was, and what might have been. Put simply, baseball history in the 1890s is incomprehensible without knowledge of the 1890 Players League and how it began.