The Yearly Reader

Select from any of the decades below to start your journey through the most comprehensive online oral history of baseball's modern era.

The Top Ten

As determined by you, here are the most popular pages within the Yearly Reader section:


1947 The Arrival of Jackie Robinson
1947 baseball historyBaseball's color barrier is knocked down, but not without intense prejudicial resistance.


1958 And Now, From Coast to Coast
1958 baseball historyThe Dodgers and Giants break the hearts of New Yorkers everywhere and head west to California.


1900 On the Brink of Adulthood
1900 baseball historyThe monopolistic National League lumbers into the 20th Century by continuing its self-served sleepwalk a year before the American League is forced to wake it up.


1951 The Shot Heard ’Round the World
1951 baseball historyBobby Thomson's historic home run caps one of baseball's greatest pennant races for the New York Giants.


1968 Year of the Pitcher
1968 baseball historyBatting averages plummet as major league pitchers dominate the game of baseball as never before.


1969 The Amazin’ Mets
1969 baseball historyThe New York Mets, perennial laughingstocks of the 1960s, perform a stunning about-face to end the decade.


1919 Say it Ain’t So
1919 baseball historyEight members of the Chicago White Sox plot the unthinkable and throw the World Series against Cincinnati.


1934 Dizzy, Daffy and Ducky
1934 baseball historyThe Cardinals' Gashouse Gang goes into full bully mode behind the dazzling Dean brothers.


1932 The So-Called Shot
1932 baseball historyBabe Ruth's historic and highly debated gesture gives a hostile World Series its flashpoint.


1935 The Babe’s Bittersweet Bow Out
1935 baseball historyBabe Ruth's final year in the majors is full of decline, frustration—and one last marvel of immortality.


The 1900s: Birth of the Modern Age
The 1910s: The Feds, the Fight and the Fix
The 1920s: ...And Along Came Babe
The 1930s: Dog Days of the Depression
The 1940s: Of Rations and Spoils
The 1950s: A Monopoly of Success
The 1960s: Welcome to My Strike Zone
The 1970s: Power to the Player
The 1980s: Corporate Makeover
The 1990s: To Hell and Back
The 2000s: Driven Deep to Disgrace
The 2010s: A Call to Arms

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