February 24, 2006
Spalding's World Tour: The Epic Adventure that Took Baseball Around the Globe - And Made It America's Game
Spalding's World Tour, by Mark Lamster, will be released this coming April.
In a nutshell, it's the story of Albert Spalding's brainchild of bringing his team, the then Chicago White Stockings, and another team of All-Stars, on an exhibition trip to promote baseball throughout the western United States and in Hawaii, Australia, Egypt, Italy, France, England, and Ireland - during the period from October 1888 through March 1889.
I've had the privilege of reading a review copy of the book and can share that it is a book that it both educational and entertaining.
With this book, Mark Lamster is not just a writer telling a story. More so, he is an artist painting a picture. When you read this book, you are not just processing words for meaning in your brain - instead, because of Lamster's gifted presentation, the events of the story come to life, in the form of moving pictures, in your mind and you truly feel as if you are a fly on the wall while everything is happening.
And, while the main theme of the book is an interesting story, there are so many other fascinating stories within the story, that Spalding's World Tour is a "nesting doll" of a good time.
Anyone who wants to learn more about 19th Century baseball, or just life in America and abroad (in general) during this time, would be well served to read this book.
I feel smarter having read it - and recommend it to anyone baseball fan looking for a good book to read this summer.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at February 24, 2006 10:39 PM