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Baseball in Northwest Iowa

by Joan Wendl Thomas

  eBook : Document

More photo album than book    (2017-10-08)


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by bemisjil

More photo album than book – no surprise, considering the subtitle – this is nevertheless a captivating volume concerning America’s pastime in one corner of the buckle of the Corn Belt. This is essentially a history of baseball in 19 counties of the Hawkeye State as told through black-and-white photographs. Why the focus on less than two dozen sparsely populated rural counties? The two-page Introduction doesn’t say, but suggests that this area was a hotbed of development back in the early days and which gave rise to the present American League. Eight chapters cover a handful of counties each. Browsers will be rewarded with many historical tidbits, such as learning that Herbert Hoover, our nation’s 31<sup>st</sup> President, was not only an ardent fan, but the state’s only native son to occupy the White House. Besides being of interest to current and former residents and baseball aficionados, this slender volume will also be of use to those involved in genealogy research, especially if they know of family members that played the game. 

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