About Big League Balderdash: Tall Tales of Dandies, Thugs & Cheats Who Forged Our National Pastime by Tracy Tomkowiak
Baseball’s Origins Reimagined… Complete with Dozens of Player Profiles and Over 100 Illustrations!
Forget Abner Doubleday, the Elysian Fields, and the rest of those antiquated chestnuts from the past — Big League Balderdash turns the myth of baseball’s origins on its head and replaces it with a fresh, satirical revamp flavored with a twist of biting humor and irony. Follow the game from the mid-1800s as it hurls headlong through its first four decades, beginning as a rustic diversion in a logging camp and culminating with the first-ever “World’s Series,” a winner-take-all contest between industrialist J. Barron Sterne’s prim and proper American Association League and pugnacious National Frontier League headed by chirpy beer baron Pete Schnockerd. Along the way you’ll encounter the ballplayers: the swilling, gambling, fighting and bamboozling characters who turn the game into America’s pastime. Big League Balderdash is a rollicking tale that’s as true as a legend ever is.
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Tracy Tomkowiak is the creator of the series American Film-Flam and the upcoming book, Canis. He likes to poke fun at some of our long-established institutions and cultural norms using biting humor and satire. But he also likes to write lighthearted stories about people’s everyday aspirations and disappointments as they make their way through life. Tracy is the publisher and jack of all trades for Alden Press Books, including the cover and art designer. He lives in the Chicago area.