Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Spring 2008)

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About the Book

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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: 112
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Copyright Date: 2008
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note      3

From Honolulu to Brooklyn: The Journeys of the Hawaiian Travelers      5
A Peek into the Pocket-book      17
Chucking the Old Apple: Recent Discoveries of Pre-1840 North American Ball Games      29
Baseball, Vaudeville, and Mike Donlin      44
Ohio’s First Baseball Game: Played by Confederates and Taught to Yankees      58
19th-Century Baseball Fiction: A Survey      66
The Asylum Base Ball Club: Middletown’s Crack Semi-Pro Team, 1888–1894      74
The Best Circuit You Never Heard Of: The 1897 Wood County League      84
Tim Murnane: Heart of the Game      92
Paul Adomites reviews PETER MORRIS’S Level Playing Fields      98
Bill Carle reviews PAUL BATESEL’S Major League Baseball Players of 1916      99
Bill Carle reviews MIKE ROER’S Orator O’Rourke      100
Joanne Hulbert reviews LYLE SPATZ’S Bad Bill Dahlen      102
Jim Kaplan reviews CAIT MURPHY’S Crazy ’08      103
Larry McCray reviews GEORGE B. KIRSCH’S Baseball in Blue and Gray and PATRICIA MILLEN’S From Pastime to Passion      104
Dorothy Seymour Mills reviews GENE CARNEY’S Burying the Black Sox      106
Peter Morris reviews JOHN SHIFFERT’S Base Ball in Philadelphia and      108

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.