Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Fall 2009)

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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: 128
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Copyright Date: 2009
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note      3

A Fearsome Collaboration: The Alliance of Andrew Freedman and John T. Brush
William F. Lamb      5
“Why Shouldn’t We?”: The Scandalous Elopement of Abraham Lincoln’s Granddaughter and Minor League Pitcher Warren Beckwith
Peter Morris      21
A Cuban Tests Baseball’s Color Line: Luis Padrón, 1905–1914
Gary Ashwill      31
“Two-Bit Baseball”: Walla Walla and the Pacific Interstate League, 1891
Terrell D. Gottschall      52
Baseball’s Hibernian Collaboration
Jerrold Casway      67
Electric Scoreboards, Bulletin Boards, and Mimic Diamonds
Rob Edelman      76
The Legend of the Lively Ball
Robert H. Schaefer      88
Eddie Cicotte on the Day that Shook Baseball
Gene Carney      99
Origins of the New York Game
John Thorn      105

Book Reviews      126
Harold V. Higham reviews ALBERT G. SPALDING’S America’s National Game: Historic Facts Concerning the Beginning, Evolution, Development and Popularity of Base Ball, with Personal Reminiscences of Its Vicissitudes, Its Victories and Its Votaries      126
Tom Simon reviews ROBERT PEYTON WIGGINS’S The Federal League of Base Ball Clubs: The History of an Outlaw Major League, 1914–1915      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.