Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Fall 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: 126
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Copyright Date: 2010
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note      3

A Black Sox Mystery: The Identity of Defendant Rachael Brown
William F. Lamb      5
Two Hall of Famers Speak: New First-Person Narratives by Willie Keeler and Kid Nichols
Bill Felber      12
The Evolution of the “Perfect Game”
Richard Hershberger      31
Mysteries of the Mighty Casey
Rob Edelman      40
Scranton Times Coverage of the 1906 New York State League Champions Led by Moonlight Graham
Jim Frutchey      52
Disreputable Young Ladies at Play
Randall Brown      59
One Boy and Baseball: The 1884 and 1887 Diaries of S. Parker Smith
Gary Land      72
The Wonder Team in the White City: U.V.M. at the Intercollegiate Base Ball Tournament of 1893
Tom Simon      79

Book Reviews
Phil Bergen reviews PETER MORRIS’ Catcher: How the Man Behind the Plate Became an American Folk Hero      121
Andrew Milner reviews JEAN-PIERRE CAILLAULT’S The Complete New York Clipper Baseball Biographies: More Than 800 Sketches of Players, Managers, Owners, Umpires, Reporters and Others, 1859–1903      123

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.