When you hear that title, you may immediately think that the book is dry and boring. In many respects, it is a dry book. It does go much into the study of sport in history, however, and it is interesting to note that sports history has only been taken truly seriously by scholars since the 1970’s. Obviously, as Reiss would agree, sports can give historians very useful insights into the culture in which they are played.
If you like reading dry cultural anthropological books, it’s a good read. If you want something more entertaining and lighter reading, I’d look to George Will's work or Roger Kahn’s fine narrative of "The Boys of Summer." The verdict is, it’s alright. But I’ve read far more entertaining baseball books in my time.