Free New eBook from the National Archives Celebrates Opening of Baseball Season
Press Release · Thursday, March 28, 2013

Washington, DC…Just in time for Major League Baseball’s 2013 Opening Day, the National Archives has published a free eBook called “Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives.”

The eBook is formatted for multiple devices.

  • The interactive Multi-Touch book for iPad is available for download on your computer with iTunes, or on your iPad with iBooks. []
  • For iPhone, Android, and eReaders, download the ePub file [].

“Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives” tells the story of baseball in America through documents, photographs, audio, video, and other records preserved at the National Archives.

It covers the two world wars, contract disputes, civil rights, equal access and opportunity on and off the playing field, the steroids era, the universal appeal of the game, Presidential involvement, improvements to the sport, Little League, Spring Training, Opening Day, and celebrations along the way.

The eBook features notable players including Roberto Clemente, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Casey Stengel, Andrew Rube Foster, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Joe DiMaggio, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Curt Flood, Joe Tinker, and Hank Aaron.

Major League teams covered include the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, and New York Giants.

“Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives” is one of three eBooks currently available from the National Archives. “The Meaning and Making of Emancipation” illustrates the efforts of the enslaved, free, white and black Americans by whom slavery was abolished, and “Exploring the United States Constitution,” connects records in the holdings of the National Archives to the principles found in the Constitution. Both eBooks are available online [].

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, ensuring that the people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promote civic education, and facilitate historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and on the Internet at

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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