Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Fall 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
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Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note      3

The Story of William Bray’s Diary      5
Henry Bridgewater’s Black Stockings of St. Louis, 1881–1889      12
A Reconstruction of Philadelphia Town Ball      28
The Wiman Trophy, and the Man for Whom It Was Named      44
Knickerbocker Base Ball: The Birth and Infancy of the Modern Game      55
The Making of Ed Barrow      67
Economic Anatomy of an 1891 Minor League Ball Club      78
Tramping Through the Baseball Subculture: The Career of Alfred W. Lawson      93
“The Undesirable Position”: Umpiring in the American Association, 1882–1891      104
The House That McGraw Built      115

Book Reviews      122
“Ladies at the Bat” Dorothy Seymour Mills       122
“The Mountaineers Are at It” Peter Morris      124
“The Magnates at Work” Andrew Zimbalist      126
“Man of Bugs”      Larry McCray 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.