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Stealing GamesOo was evolving from the dead ball to the live ball era the cork centered ball was introduced in 1910 and structurally changed not only the outcome of individual games but the way the game itself was played reuiring upgraded euipment new rules and new ways of adjudicating Changing performance also changed the relationship between management and play. Klein an economic historian takes on baseball's dead ball era with mixed resultsKlein spends nearly half of the book leading up to the 1911 season in a section that works as both a team biography and a bio of their manager John McGraw Slowly and painstakingly Klein brings us to the 1911 season and guides us with verve and wit through the tumultuous seasonthe concluding chapter about the 1911 series feels almost anitclimatic as McGraw game changing philosophy of speed and contact was built slowly over several seasons leading to a record 347 bases in 1911 In the series The Philadelphia A's completely shut down the vaunted Giant's running game winning the series in 6 gamesa good but not great look at the New York Giants and their skipper

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The 1911 New York Giants stole an astonishing 347 bases a record that still stands than a century later That alone makes them special in baseball history but as Maury Klein relates in Stealing Games they also embodied a rapidly changing America on the cusp of a faster frenetic pace of life dominated by machines technology and urban cultureBaseball t. This is a good book not a great book I debated between giving it three or four stars here I opted for three because author Maury Klein does a good job avoiding the pitfalls of this type of bookWhat is this type of book then A history of a season how a team did during it Many books like this lapse into a predictable and wearying litany of game accounts Then this happened then this happened and that makes for an OK newspaper article on a game but a deadening approach to a 300 page book Klein is aware of it and continually bounces back and forth between game accounts and life off the field Sometimes it's biographical material about the players Sometimes it's other things going on in New York City ranging from a big heat wave to the popularity of a new amusement park on Coney Island But Klein keeps the narrative movingThe odd thing about this book is that it takes half of its time just to get to 1911 There is an extended background on John McGraw and how he'd run the Giants since taking over a decade before It's good stuff You can see McGraw's first great team fall apart and him learn the lesson of rebuilding and 1911 was to be the year they took off and so they did It's good but a bit longThe main problem with this book and the reason I'm tempted to give it just three starts is there is so little payoff OK games and played The pennant is won The World Series is lost Everyone dies The end I'm less aggrieved that the book doesn't live up to the hyperbole of the subtitle How John McGraw Transformed Baseball with the 1911 New York Giants that some marketing whiz stuck on it but mostly stuff just happens Why does it matter I dunno Why focus on this team 'Cuz Klein felt like it I guess It's professional It's well written It's underwhelming 35 stars

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READ ¼ Stealing Games ☆ The 1911 New York Giants stole an astonishing 347 bases a record that still stands than a century later That alone makes them special in baseball history but as Maury Klein relates in Stealing Games they also embodied a rapidly changing America on the cusp of a faster frenetic pace of life dominated by machines technology and urban cuErs The Giants had two stars the brilliant manager John McGraw and aging pitcher Christy Mathewson and memorable characters such as Rube Maruard and Fred Snodgrass; yet their speed and tenacity led to three pennants in a row starting in 1911 Stealing Games gives a great team its due and underscores once the rich connection between sports and culture. I really enjoyed this book about major league baseball particularly the New York Giants in the early part of the 20th century