The Seymour Books

The Groundbreaking Three-Volume History of Baseball
By Dr. Harold Seymour and Dorothy Seymour Mills

Baseball: The Early Years
This first volume covers the earliest play in the U.S. and baseball’s development from an amateur pastime into a professional sport, with establishment of a commission in 1903. Expanded and revised from Seymour’s Ph.D. dissertation for Cornell University. Published by Oxford University Press in 1960.

Baseball: The Golden Age
This second volume covers development of the major leagues, clubs, and players to 1930, including all the important baseball events of the period, like the Black Sox Scandal of 1919. Published by Oxford University Press in 1971.

Baseball: The People’s Game
This third volume gives the full story of the growth of amateur baseball in America as played in schools, colleges, prisons, women’s groups, black clubs and leagues, industrial leagues, even Indian schools. This book won three prizes. Published by Oxford University Press in 1990.

New Editions by Oxford University Press
In 2010, Oxford University Press announced the company’s decision to give formal credit to Mills’s co-authorship of these books despite her late husband’s neglect to do so. The latest editions of the books feature redesigned covers and title pages that show Dorothy Seymour Mills as co-author, and for the third volume her name precedes that of Harold Seymour. The new editions also include a note written by the current Oxford editor in charge of our books, Timothy Bent, explaining the reason for the change.

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