Baseball was different in earlier days-- tougher, rawer, more intimate-- when giants like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb ran the bases. In the monumental timeless The Splendor of Their Times, the golden age of our nationwide activity comes alive through the dynamic words of those who played and lived the game.The voices of the game
's remote past continue to resound with an unique freshness in Lawrence S. Ritter's The Splendor of Their Times. An oral history of the game in the first 20 years of the century, Splendor sends out its remarkable lineup of players to tell their own stories, and what stories they tell-- the story of their times along with of their game; the scorecard includes Rube Marquard, Babe Herman, Stan Coveleski, Smoky Joe Wood, and Wahoo Sam Crawford. A delight from cover to cover, Splendor Is the next finest thing to having actually been there in the days when the ball might have been dead, however the personalities were anything.