Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game

Base BallFor More Information:
Subscriptions
Back Issues
Submissions & Style Guide
Editorial Board & Staff

 

Base Ball is a peer-reviewed journal published annually. Offering the best in original research and analysis, the journal promotes study of baseball’s early history, from its protoball roots to 1920, and its rise to prominence within American popular culture.

“One of the more compelling sports-related publications to come along in a great while…unostentatious, solid, and a great read” – Library Journal

“Base Ball has a first-rate editorial board and, as a result, already appears poised to be among the finest journals dedicated to the history of sports” – Sport Literature Association


Subscriptions

General Information
Base Ball is published annually in the fall. Print subscriptions are available for $40 and may be purchased online by following the links listed below.

2015 (Volume 9) Subscription
2014 (Volume 8)
2013 (Volume 7)

Volume 7, and subsequent volumes, are also available in ebook format from most major ebook vendors, including Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo and Google Play.

To subscribe via mail, telephone, fax or e-mail, please contact:

McFarland
Box 611
Jefferson NC 28640
USA
tel 336-246-4460
fax 336-246-4403
email journals@mcfarlandpub.com


Back Issues & Single Issues

General Information
Print copies of back issues from volumes 1-6 are available for $30 per issue.

Ordering Single Issues 
To order single issues via mail, telephone, fax or e-mail, please contact:
McFarland
Box 611
Jefferson NC 28640
USA
tel 336-246-4460
fax 336-246-4403
email journals@mcfarlandpub.com


Call for Submissions

Base Ball is a peer-reviewed journal that invites article submissions related to amateur and professional baseball at all levels through 1920. A range of disciplinary perspectives or methodologies are welcome, and topics appropriate to the journal may come from any number of subject areas, including history, art and literature, cultural studies, politics, and business. Letters to the editor and long-form nonfiction articles are considered. Poetry, fiction, and unsolicited reviews will be returned unread. Previously published articles and simultaneous submissions are not considered. Articles should be approximately 3,000 to 8,000 words. Be sure to include a 100 to 150-word abstract and a 75-word biographical statement with any article submission. See our style guide for further information.

Two hard copies of the double-spaced manuscript or, preferably, an email attachment in Microsoft Word or plain text (ASCII) are required. Number pages consecutively. To ensure anonymity during the peer review process, name and contact information should appear only on a separate cover page. Editorial decisions will be sent out within 60 days of manuscript receipt.

Submit all manuscripts and editorial inquiries about Base Ball to:
John Thorn
Editor, Base Ball
31 Prospect Avenue
Catskill NY 12414
jthorn@newworldsports.org

Contributors who need a replacement copy of the publication agreement (which covers publication rights and details procedures for reprinting articles) may download a copy here:

Publication Agreement for Contributors.pdf


Style Guide

Style
Articles should be prepared according to The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. Avoid contractions, first- or second-person pronouns, one- and two-sentence paragraphs, repetition, and jargon. Italicize as needed but refrain from using headline-style all-caps and reserve bolding for headings and subheadings. Except in quotations, render special terms according to modern convention (e.g., “World Series” instead of “world’s series”). All articles accepted for publication are subject to editorial changes.

Reference Citations
As a research journal, Base Ball places great importance on documentation. Source citations, in the form of endnotes, and a bibliography are required, and each should be saved in a file separate from the text. While many primary sources appropriate for quotation in Base Ball lie in the public domain, written permissions may be required for materials either unpublished or published after 1922.

Illustrations
Illustrations related in some meaningful way to the article topic are considered. Good-quality prints or scans (300 dpi or greater, at full size) and all necessary permissions must be provided to the editor at the time of article delivery. All illustrations will be reproduced in black and white. Base Ball does not include sidebars.


Editorial Board & Staff

About the Editor
Editor John Thorn is the official historian of Major League Baseball. The author of countless articles on baseball history, he has also written, co-written, and edited more than two dozen books, includingThe Hidden Game of Baseball, Total Baseball, and Baseball in the Garden of Eden. In 2006, his career achievements as sports historian were recognized by the Society for American Baseball Research, who in naming him the Bob Davids Award recipient described Thorn as “a baseball historian who, by restoring early baseball to our awareness and by encouraging a new generation of researchers, has done perhaps more than anyone else to help us grasp the unity of our game’s history and development.”Submit all manuscripts and editorial inquiries about Base Ball to:
John Thorn
31 Prospect Avenue
Catskill NY 12414
jthorn@newworldsports.org

EDITOR
John Thorn
Catskill, New York
ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Jed Thorn
Red Hook, New York
EDITORIAL BOARD
Charles Alexander
Ohio University
Thomas L. Altherr
Metropolitan State/College of Denver
David Block
San Francisco, California
Greg Bond
Madison, Wisconsin
Jim Bouton
North Egremont, Massachusetts
Joanne Hulbert
Holliston, Massachusetts
Mark Lamster
New York, New York
Larry McCray
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Peter Morris
Haslett, Michigan
David Nemec
Eastport, New York
David Pietrusza
Scotia, New York
Mark Rucker
Peachland, British Columbia
Alan Schwarz
New York, New York
Tom Simon
Burlington, Vermont
Andrew Zimbalist
Smith College
PUBLISHER
Rhonda Herman
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
MANAGING EDITOR
Gary Mitchem
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
EDITORIAL
Layla Milholen
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
BUSINESS MANAGER
Adam Phillips
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
PRODUCTION SPECIALIST
Jessica Wilcox
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers