Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Fall 2012)

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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: 132
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: n/a
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2195-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note
John Thorn 3

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game”: The Story of Katie Casey and Our National Pastime
George Boziwick 5
Not Likely to Flourish: A Survey of the New York Rules Base Ball Season of 1862
Robert Tholkes 22
Horace Fogel: The Man Who Knew (and Talked) Too Much
Steve Steinberg 33
“The Inauguration of This Noble and Manly Game Among Us”: The Spread of Baseball in the South Prior to 1870
Bruce Allardice 51
Fred Goldsmith: A Closer Look
David Arcidiacono 70
Rusie for Mathewson: The Most Famous Trade That Never Happened
Steven A. King 83
Lives of the Knickerbockers: Lesser Known Members of Baseball’s Pioneer Club
John Thorn, William J. Ryczek, and Peter Morris 102

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.