Early Baseball in New Orleans

A History of 19th Century Play


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About the Book

In the 1800s, New Orleans’ local economy evolved from rural-agrarian into urban-industrial. With this transformation came newfound leisure time, which birthed the concept of organized sport. Though first considered a game for children, baseball became New Orleans’ most popular pastime, and by 1859, numerous baseball clubs had been established in the city. This book traces the development of baseball in New Orleans from its earliest recorded games in 1859 through the end of the 19th century, with a particular focus on the New Orleans Pelicans.

About the Author(s)

Best known as a baseball writer and historian, S. Derby Gisclair has written three books and more than 80 articles on non-baseball sports personalities and events. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Bibliographic Details

S. Derby Gisclair
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 271
Bibliographic Info: 33 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7781-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3598-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 7
One—The Game They Played 23
Two—Equipment 44
Three—Where They Played 57
Four—Teams and Leagues 105
Five—The Business of Baseball 149
Appendix: What’s in a Name? 207
Chapter Notes 236
Bibliography 240
Index 243