Author: Jules Tygiel
While I enjoyed the book for the most part, the essays were uneven. I learned a lot from the chapters about the rise of radio and the efforts to survive the Great Depression. The material on segregation was good, too, though I've read better books on the subject. The weakest chapter was about early 20th century baseball, focusing on the careers of Charles Comiskey, Connie Mack, John McGraw and Clark Griffith. I'm convinced all four were giants of the game but Tygiel tried too hard to link them together. He would find common threads between two or three but rarely all four. I'd rather have read a separate chapter about each man.
Somehow, Tygiel also completely missed the point of the film Bull Durham, claiming it was about fans, not players. Really? Did he actually watch the movie? Or was he so dazzled by Susan Sarandon's admittedly wonderful performance that he was blind to the rest of the narrative?
If you want to tackle a lot of baseball material quickly Past Time would be a reasonable place to start. The writing is informative and easily digestible. If you have the time for Ken Burns's Baseball documentary, though, it covers a lot of the same topics and more effectively.