Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring 2010)

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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: 120
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Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: n/a
eISBN: n/a
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note      3

Baseball on the Boards
Rob Edelman      4
Doubleday Diamonds; or, Digging Up Graves
Randall Brown      20
Take Me Out to the Ballgame: The Pursuit of Pleasure and Profit on the Ball Field
Michael J. Haupert      28
“Your Valuabal Paper”: Baseball Correspondence in the Sunday Mercury, 1859–1860
Robert Tholkes      44
Cogswell’s Bat
Brian Turner      59
“The Greatest College Pitcher”: George Sisler at Michigan
William J. McGill      72
“The New Marlboro.’ Match Base Ball Co.” of 1863
Richard Hershberger      87
“He Drinks, Gambles, and Plays Baseball on Sunday”: Walter L. Cohen and the Louisiana Colored Sporting Fraternity, 1875–1889
James Edward Brunson III      96

Book Reviews
Jim Kaplan reviews MONICA NUCCIARONE’S Alexander Cartwright: The Life Behind the Baseball Legend      112
Bob Bailey reviews MICHAEL T. LYNCH, JR.’S Harry Frazee, Ban Johnson and the Feud That Nearly Destroyed the American League      114
Paul Adomites reviews JERRY KUNTZ’S Baseball Fiends and Flying Machines: The Many Lives and Outrageous Times of George and Alfred Lawson      117
Andrew Milner reviews PRESTON D. OREM’S Baseball (1845–1881): From the Newspaper Accounts      118

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.