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Author Zimniuch, Fran.

Title Baseball's new frontier : a history of expansion, 1961-1998 / Fran Zimniuch ; foreword by Branch Rickey III
Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2013


Description 1 online resource (209 pages)
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Go West Young Men -- 2. Continental League -- 3. First Expansion -- 1961: The Los Angeles Angels and the Washington Senators -- 4. First Expansion Part Deux -- 1962: The Houston Colt .45s and the New York Mets -- 5. Second Wave -- 1969: The Kansas City Royals, Seattle Pilots, San Diego Padres, and Montreal Expos -- 6. Pendulum of Power Swings to the Players -- 7. North by Northwest -- 1977: The Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Mariners -- 8. Thin Air and Immediate Success -- 1993: The Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins -- 9. Baseball's Final Expansion? -- 1998: The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays -- 10. Expanding on Expansion -- 11. Bottom Feeding: Taking Advantage of the New Kids in Town -- 12. Characters of Expansion Who Have Brightened the Game -- 13. Baseball's Brave New World: Where We've Been and What the Future Holds
Summary "When Major League Baseball first expanded in 1961 with the addition of the Los Angeles Angels and the Washington Senators, it started a trend that saw the number of franchises almost double, from sixteen to thirty, while baseball attendance grew by 44 percent. The story behind this staggering growth, told for the first time in Baseball's New Frontier, is full of twists and unexpected turns, intrigue, and, in some instances, treachery. From the desertion of New York by the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants to the ever-present threat of antitrust legislation, from the backroom deals and the political posturing to the impact of the upstart Continental League, the book takes readers behind the scenes and into baseball's decision-making process. Fran Zimniuch gives a lively team-by-team chronicle of how the franchises were awarded, how existing teams protected their players, and what the new teams' winning (or losing) strategies were. With its account of great players, notable characters, and the changing fortunes of teams over the years, the book supplies a vital chapter in the history of Major League Baseball"--Provided by publisher
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Subject Major League Baseball (Organization) -- History -- 20th century
SUBJECT Major League Baseball (Organization) fast
Subject Baseball -- United States -- History -- 20th century
SPORTS & RECREATION -- Baseball -- Essays & Writings.
SPORTS & RECREATION -- Baseball -- History.
SPORTS & RECREATION -- Baseball -- Statistics.
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780803246829