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July 15, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Russian Fin de Siècle and the Silver Age.

July 8, 2020
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By the end of the 19th century, Russian artists were helping to make Russian culture among the most exceptional in the world. Here, take a closer look at the cheeky apathy of Anton Chekhov's plays, the Bolshoi Theater and the Ballets Russes, decorative arts from the House of Faberge, and more.

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 1, Ground Rules: Baseball before Babe Ruth.

July 8, 2020
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The year 1920 is considered a pivotal year in baseball, when a sense of uniformity in the game was finally achieved. But what about the decades before? Travel back to the years before 1920 - a time when changes in the game were rapid, dramatic, and often surprising.

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 2, Early Bat and Ball Games.

July 8, 2020
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Take a look back at the very beginnings of baseball and discover how and why the early version of the game evolved in the middle of the 19th century. Learn how early clubs like the Gothams and the Knickerbockers helped repurpose a familiar child's game so it could be played by urban adults.

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 3, The Era of Amateur Baseball Clubs.

July 8, 2020
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Explore the rise of amateur baseball clubs in the United States. The tour starts with Brooklyn's Eckford Club, whose outings primarily served as refreshing countryside excursions. Then, go back still further to follow the rise of the Knickerbocker Club of New York City and the significance of their 1845 decision to write down the rules of the game.

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 4, The Dawn of Professional Baseball.

July 8, 2020
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In this episode, learn how the game of baseball moved toward professionalism - and what made professionalization so polarizing. Central to this episode is future Hall of Famer Harry Wright, who helped pave the way for professional baseball's success by assembling a talented group of players (and touting their refinement and decorum).

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 5, Baseball's Many Leagues and Associations.

July 8, 2020
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Learn how, after a tumultuous three decades, baseball finally found a formula for 20th-century success: leagues and associations. Topics include the transformations of minor leagues into major ones, the competitive relationships between leagues, and the national agreement of 1883 that paved the way for what became known as "organized baseball."

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 6, How Baseball Created the World Series.

July 8, 2020
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One effective way to increase public confidence in the outcome of competitive baseball? Offer a valuable prize to the winners. Chart the turbulent evolution of the post-season series: a story filled with controversy, sabotage, peace agreements, and injuries, culminating in the first World Series between the Boston Americans and the National League Pirates.

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 7, Baseball Grows by Hitting the Road.

July 8, 2020
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In the second half of the 19th century, advancing technology offered greater access to faraway places, which opened new avenues for baseball. From national to world tours, take a closer look at how baseball's popularity continued to spread, and how men like Jimmy Ryan and Albert Goodwill Spalding helped set it all in motion.

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 8, Sacred Ground: Baseball's Early Ballparks.

July 8, 2020
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In this episode, survey the history of ballparks from the Elysian Fields in Hoboken to Wrigley Field to Fenway Park and beyond. You'll learn how ballparks were defined by their surroundings, the rise of "infields" and "outfields," the idiosyncratic dimensions and sizes of 19th-century ballparks, the state-of-the-art architectural elements of 20th-century ballparks, and more.

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 9, The Development of Baseball's Rules.

July 8, 2020
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Here, Mr. Markusen helps you make sense of the litany of rule changes that took place in the 75 years between 1845 (when the Knickerbocker Club of New York City framed the first written rules) and 1920 (when it became customary to replace the baseball on a regular basis).

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 10, The Evolution of Protective Equipment.

July 8, 2020
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From face masks and chest protectors to catcher's mitts and fielder's gloves, explore how protective equipment became more and more a part of baseball (after much tinkering and adjusting). Also, consider complaints by "old-time" baseball fans that the proliferation of protective equipment robbed the sport of two crucial elements: skill and courage.

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 11, The Role of Women in Baseball's Early Days.

July 8, 2020
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First, examine the role of women in baseball as spectators whose presence was expected to prevent coarse behavior by male fans. Then, explore how colleges like Vassar allowed a select number of 19th-century women to play baseball without scorn. Finally, consider the changes that the "new woman" brought, both in the stands and on the field.

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 12, Black Baseball before the Negro Leagues.

July 8, 2020
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After Emancipation, hopes of baseball becoming a vista of racial harmony were quickly checked. Explore the intersection of baseball and race, from the success of Minor League Baseball players like Frank Grant and George Stovey to the Negro Leagues, which became one of the largest industries to be predominantly owned and operated by African Americans.

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 13, Prejudice and Diversity in Early Baseball.

July 8, 2020
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Turn to another form of injustice in baseball: a prejudice against minority groups that contradicted the idea of the baseball diamond as a beacon of equality. Investigate the setbacks and triumphs of Irish Americans, Jewish players, Native Americans, and those with physical handicaps as they fought (and continue to fight) for inclusion.

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 14, Baseball Grows through the Press.

July 8, 2020
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How did early newspaper editors cover baseball games and decide what, exactly, to write about? What makes Henry Chadwick such a monumental figure in early baseball writing? How did the introduction of the box score help baseball reporters with their jobs? How did post-game access to players change the nature of reporting?

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 15, Baseball Becomes a Game of Numbers.

July 8, 2020
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Most baseball fans take batting averages for granted. But there was a time when statistics were new enough to baseball that they were considered glamorous. Explore everything from how early spectators tracked scores to the professional problems with emphasizing stats to how these numbers began to appear on baseball cards.

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 16, Baseball: A Game for the Fans.

July 8, 2020
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Mr. Markusen reveals how baseball grew to become the national pastime it is today. You'll learn about the origins of both "fans" and "cranks"; the increased emphasis on baseball as a wholesome family experience; and the magic ability of souvenirs, keepsakes, and autographs to preserve the ballpark experience.

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 17, Baseball and Our Common Culture.

July 8, 2020
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In this episode, learn to better appreciate baseball's longstanding ties to American culture. Get the story behind baseball's connection to poetry and fiction ("Casey at the Bat"), music ("Take Me Out to the Ballgame"), collectibles (baseball cards), and even language (terms such as "bush league" and "home run").

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 18, The Business behind the National Pastime.

July 8, 2020
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There's a business side to baseball that goes back to the amateur clubs of the game's earliest years. In this episode on the economics of America's pastime, explore early resentment about paying for tickets; the rise of advertising and promotions to increase fan allegiance; and the emergence of brand-empowering logos, colors, and nicknames.

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 19, Players, Owners, and the Reserve Clause.

July 8, 2020
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The reserve clause (or the "five-man rule") played a crucial role in every labor war that took place during the first half-century of professional baseball, and was standard practice until the 1970s. Trace the events that would lead to a fight against the right of teams to reserve players - a struggle to which today's big leaguers are indebted.

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 20, American Politics and Early Baseball.

July 8, 2020
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For over a century, U.S. presidents have regularly rung in the new baseball year by throwing out the first pitch on Opening Day. From President Taft (the first to throw a pitch) to President Eisenhower (who initially underestimated the game's cultural importance), learn about the relationship between presidents and baseball.

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 21, Baseball's Rituals and Traditions.

July 8, 2020
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Why do fielders throw the ball "around the horn" after a strikeout? Why do fans perform "the wave"? When did the "seventh-inning stretch" become a thing? Why do managers wear uniforms? Uncover the roots of these and other rituals and traditions, and the powerful roles they play in baseball.

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 22, The Impact of War on Baseball.

July 8, 2020
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Examine how World War I encroached upon the comparatively tranquil national pastime. You'll discover the talents of baseball-playing military companies, including one group of "Buffalo soldiers," as well as a growing emphasis on physical fitness on the field and patriotism in the stands (exemplified by the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner").

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 23, Scandals and Deception on the Diamond.

July 8, 2020
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The 1919 Black Sox scandal (often thought of as "baseball's original sin") marked a turning point in how Americans thought about the right way to play baseball. Join the debate over the complexity of this and other baseball scandals, and the moral quandaries of both actual deception in the game and merely the appearance of deception.

Play Ball! The Rise of Baseball as America's Pastime. Episode 24, How Changing Baseballs Changed the Game.

July 8, 2020
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Today, we take for granted the idea that every ball used during a game is essentially identical, but this wasn't so prior to 1920. In this final episode, explore early variations of baseballs (including the "lemon peel ball"), the evolution of batting orders and the foul strike rule, and more.

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