Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 2007)

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About the Book

This is a single back issue only. To order a current subscription, or for more information, please visit the journal’s web page at  Print copies of back issues from volumes 1-6 are available for $29.95.

About the Author(s)

John Thorn is the author of countless articles on baseball history and has written, co-written, and edited dozens of baseball books, including The Hidden Game of Baseball, Total Baseball, and The Armchair Book of Baseball. He was founding editor of The National Pastime: A Review of Baseball History and founding publisher of Total Sports Publishing in 1998. Thorn writes “Play,” a regular column for the VOICES, the semiannual publication of the New York Folklore Society, and appears irregularly in the Boston Globe, New York Times and NYTBR. He serves as a publishing and curatorial consultant to the Museum of the City of New York, with whom he created the recently published coffee-table book New York 400.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by John Thorn

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 128
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2007
pISBN:  n/a
eISBN: n/a
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note      1
Publisher’s Comments      4

The Knickerbockers: San Francisco’s First Baseball Team?      7
The Baseball Film to 1920      22
The Bechtel-Craver Trade and the Origins of Baseball’s Sales System      36
The Postseason Play of 1902      56
A New Perspective on Mexican Baseball Origins      64
Fast Day: Boston’s Original Opening Day      73
The Elysian Fields of Hoboken, New Jersey      78
The First Army-Navy Baseball Game      96
The Borderlands of Professionalism: Cooperative Clubs and the Formation of the National League      103
1791 and All That: Baseball and the Berkshires      119

Guidelines for Contributors 127

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “One of the more compelling sports-related publications to come along in a great while…unostentatious, solid, and a great read”—Library Journal
  • “The journal both embodies recent trends and provides a forum for expanding upon them. Base Ball thus represents an exciting and important contribution to literature on the sport. John Thorn, a respected historian of early baseball history, is the journal’s editor and 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”—Arete
  • “Never comes up short in the quality of its content. In addition to the fine research articles there is a valuable section of book reviews, mostly dedicated to books pertaining to 19th century baseball”—Nineteenth Century Notes
  • “An exciting and important contribution to literature on the sport…seeks to chronicle, analyze, and expand our understanding of the game during its long, and seemingly getting longer, pre 1920 phase”—Society for American Baseball Research Bibliography Committee Newsletter.