Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Fall 2011)

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About the Book

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About the Author(s)

Baseball historian Peter Morris is a two-time winner of the Seymour Medal for best baseball book of the year and was an inaugural winner of the Henry Chadwick Award for lifetime achievement in baseball research. He lives in Haslett, Michigan.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Peter Morris

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 112
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: n/a
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2197-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note 3

“We Hope They Will Not Be Disappointed”: A Survey of the New York Rules Base Ball Season of 1861
Robert Tholkes 5
March, Conquest, and Play Ball: The Game in the Mexican-American War, 1846–1848
César González Gómez 13
Lost (and Found) Baseball
Rob Edelman 23
The Creation of a Legend: Germany Schaefer’s Called Home Run
Robert H. Schaefer 38
Bud Fowler in Santa Fe (1888): The Myth of the West for 19th Century Baseball’s First African American Baseballist
Jeff Laing 52
Basepaths and Baselines: The Agricultural and Surveying Contexts of the Emergence of Baseball
Thomas L. Altherr 63
Expelled by a Unanimous Vote: The Curious Saga of Dr. A.T. Pearsall
Bruce Allardice and Peter Morris 77
Baseball’s Lost Chalice
John Thorn 84

Book Reviews
Jerry Kuntz reviews DARRYL BROCK’S Havana Heat: A Novel 97
Jim Frutchey reviews ADRIAN C. ANSON’S A Ball Player’s Career 98
Harold V. Higham reviews EDWARD ACHORN’S Fifty-Nine in ’84: Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had 99
Jerry Kuntz reviews JOE GRAY’S What About the Villa? Forgotten Figures from Britain’s Pro Baseball League of 1890 102
Paul Adomites reviews NOAH BROOKS’ The Fairport Nine 103
Gail Rowe reviews JOHN THORN’S Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game 104
Richard Hershberger reviews ROBERT HENDERSON’S Ball, Bat and Bishop 107

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…. 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.