Originally published under title: The creation of American team sports. 1989.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The rise of modern ball games -- Early American cricket -- The emergence of baseball -- Civil War interlude -- A national game -- Players -- Clubs -- Spectators -- Baseball's boom and cricket's survival -- Baseball in transition.
'Baseball and Cricket' places the growing popularity of the two sports within the social context of mid 19th century American cities. The text follows baseball's transition from a leisure sport to a commercialised, professional enterprise and offers a discussion of the early American cricket clubs.