Although baseball has supposedly struck out as a national pastime, there are still those who seek stadium status and they'll be well ahead of the game with this well researched, readable history. Did you know that the real father of baseball was probably Alexander Cartwright who laid out the diamond and fielded the nine man team? Or does your grandfather recall the days when umpires wore natty Prince Albert coats or when the players were generally a motley assortment of alcoholics? Or the dim day of the famous World Series fix when the White Sox became the Black Sox? Or Christy Mathewson, Connie Mack, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Satchel Paige? It's all here. . . up to and through the Yankee years and the fans are still out there. . . in left field?