“Baseball in the District,” is the name we have assigned to our project to document the early baseball history for Washington DC. The book follows a detailed chronological narrative. This is how the player’s were viewed during their times. Information about the players is presented to give you a unique view of the season. Local papers and sporting publications are used in order to give the reader a perspective...
“Baseball in the District,” is the name we have assigned to our project to document the early baseball history for Washington DC. The book follows a detailed chronological narrative. This is how the player’s were viewed during their times. Information about the players is presented to give you a unique view of the season. Local papers and sporting publications are used in order to give the reader a perspective of the era. Historical events are presented as they happened.
Our series to date
1877 to 1885 Renaissance
1888 Robert Hewitt Joins the Great Majority
1889 Ward Sold
1890 to 1891 The Dark Ages
1892 to 1899 The Wagner Years
1900 to 1904 An Orphan in an Upstart League
1918 Uncle Sam’s Game
The book covers the second of Washington’s three National League franchises. The owners, the Wagner brothers from Philadelphia dominate the narrative. Their antics will trigger a fan revolt and have the baseball fans in Washington bear witness to a revolving door of managers and players.
The book draws upon original source material from the period. This is how the players were viewed by the sports writers of the period. This puts a face on players that until now were largely statistics in a book.
The book covers every season from 1892 through 1899. Spring training, trades and the composition of the roster. Some players like Stephen Ashe never played in the majors but their names would have been familiar with the fans. The narrative then follows the team during the season for the long home and road trips. Post season action is covered along with the subsequent selling off of the players.
In the book;
• Buck Freeman’s amazing 1899 season.
• Bill Joyce’s previously unknown managerial time with Washington
• Washington’s Rally Horse
• Gus Schmelz and the “Texas Steer”
• J Earl Wagner’s detention and its effect on the franchise
• The Win Mercer Ladies Day’s Riot
• The Wagner’s plan to build a Sunday only stadium in Maryland
This is the first is a projected series of books about early baseball in the District. A second with a projected publishing date of January 2012 will cover the years from 1884 to 1891 with the title; Triumph and Turmoil.
The Flynn's have created a valuable resource on the state of major league baseball in Washington prior to the 20th century. If you don't believe that history repeats itself, guess again. The Wagner Years provide a textbook guide on how not to run a big league team
This is Kevin and Karen’s second baseball book. The first self-published in 2008 covers their fun filled journey around the nation visiting various minor league and major league ballparks. Together they have been to over 200 ballparks at all levels and watched 1,500+ games together. They have also been featured speakers sharing their experiences in baseball.