The Resource Never just a game : players, owners, and American baseball to 1920, Robert F. Burk, (electronic resource)

Never just a game : players, owners, and American baseball to 1920, Robert F. Burk, (electronic resource)

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Never just a game : players, owners, and American baseball to 1920
Title
Never just a game
Title remainder
players, owners, and American baseball to 1920
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Robert F. Burk
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Language
eng
Summary
America's national pastime has been marked from its inception by bitter struggles between owners and players over profit, power, and prestige. In this book, the first installment of a highly readable, comprehensive labor history of baseball, Robert Burk describes the evolution of the ballplaying work force: its ethnocultural makeup, its economic position, and its battles for a place at the table in baseball's decision-making structure. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the growing popularity of baseball as a spectator sport and the dramatic upsurge of America's urban population created conditions that led to franchise competition, the development of rival leagues, and trade wars, in turn triggering boom-and-bust cycles, franchise bankruptcies, and league mergers. According to Burk, players repeatedly tried to use these circumstances to better their economic positions by playing one team off against another. Their successes proved short-lived, however, because their own internal divisions, exploited by management, undercut attempts to create collective-bargaining institutions. By 1920, owners still held the upper hand in the labor-management battle, but as today's sports pages show, owners did not secure a long-term solution to their labor problems."Burk proves that when it comes to baseball's money issues, the more things change--the more they stay the same.--USA Today Baseball Weekly "A lively, highly readable volume filled with fascinating anecdotes. . . . The book will appeal to both the serious student of business history and the layman with merely an interest in the game itself.--Business History America's national pastime has been marked from its inception by bitter struggles between owners and players over profit, power, and prestige. In this labor history of baseball from its beginning to 1920, Robert Burk describes the evolution of the ballplaying work force and recounts its battles for a place in baseball's decision-making structure. Tracing the development of franchise competition, rival leagues, and trade wars--and the boom-and-bust cycles, franchise bankruptcies, and league mergers they triggered in turn--he explores the off-field acrimony that characterized the sport's labor-management relations. -->
Cataloging source
Midwest
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1955-
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Burk, Robert Fredrick
Dewey number
338.4/3796357/0973
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Baseball
  • Baseball players
  • Industrial relations
  • Electronic books
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adult
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Never just a game : players, owners, and American baseball to 1920, Robert F. Burk, (electronic resource)
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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9780807860649
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia
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11711462
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MWT11711462
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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Never just a game : players, owners, and American baseball to 1920, Robert F. Burk, (electronic resource)
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Publication
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online resource
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  • cr
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780807860649
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • c
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11711462
Publisher number
MWT11711462
Specific material designation
remote
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Mode of access: World Wide Web

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