Base Ball Founders: The Clubs, Players and Cities of the Northeast That Established the Game [NOOK Book]

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This book completes the series of histories of the clubs and players responsible for making baseball the national pastime that began with Base Ball Pioneers, 1850-1870 (McFarland 2011). Forty clubs and hundreds of pioneer players from the first hotbeds of New York City, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts are profiled by leading experts on baseball's early years. The subjects include legendary clubs such as the Knickerbockers of New York, the Eckfords and Atlantics of Brooklyn, the Athletics of ...
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Base Ball Founders: The Clubs, Players and Cities of the Northeast That Established the Game

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Overview

This book completes the series of histories of the clubs and players responsible for making baseball the national pastime that began with Base Ball Pioneers, 1850-1870 (McFarland 2011). Forty clubs and hundreds of pioneer players from the first hotbeds of New York City, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts are profiled by leading experts on baseball's early years. The subjects include legendary clubs such as the Knickerbockers of New York, the Eckfords and Atlantics of Brooklyn, the Athletics of Philadelphia, and Harvard's first baseball clubs, and fabled players like Jim Creighton, Dickey Pearce, and Daniel Adams, but space is also given to less well remembered clubs such as the Champion Club of Jersey City and the Cummaquids of Barnstable, Massachusetts. What united all of these founders of the game was that their love of baseball during its earliest years helped to make it the national pastime.
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Library Journal
a comprehensive reference source on the genesis of baseball
Library Journal
This is the second of two ambitious volumes on the earliest history of baseball compiled by scholars affiliated with the Society for American Baseball Research, in particular Peter Morris, who has written many meticulous and fascinating histories of early baseball (e.g., A Game of Inches). The volume before the book under review, Base Ball Pioneers, 1850-1870: The Clubs and Players Who Spread the Sport Nationwide , reviewed in last year’s roundup, was broader in geographic scope. This volume focuses on what might be called the cradle of baseball civilization: New York, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, but is no less exhaustive. Along with team histories, both volumes include brief biographies of scores of players and club officials.
VERDICT In the introduction, one of the editors writes that a purpose of the series is to provide a comprehensive reference source on the genesis of baseball, and in this they have succeeded. For all devoted SABRites and those who appreciate Morris and his colleagues’ work in enlightening baseball fans on its earliest era. —JB

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476603780
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,199,482
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

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. William J. Ryczek is a finance professional in Wallingford, Connecticut, who writes about early baseball, football, the Yankees, and the Mets. Jan Finkel, a retired English professor, serves as chief editor of the SABR Biography Project. He lives in Swanton, Maryland. Leonard Levin, a retired newspaper editor, is a SABR member and twice a national officer of the society. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Richard Malatzky has worked with Bill Haber through SABR's Biographical Committee researching missing players. He lives in the Bronx, New York.
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