Sunday Baseball: The Major Leagues' Struggle to Play Baseball on the Lord's Day, 1876-1934

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This is the story of how Sunday baseball went from being illegal in most places in 1876 to a normal event everywhere by 1934. During those nearly six decades, numerous Sunday schemes were used, like playing in strange places, under odd circumstances, and at the inconvenience of players and managers, some of whom were arrested anyway. Sunday baseball gained a foothold in St. Louis, Cincinnati and Chicago in the 1880s and 1890s, and spread slowly eastward as the attitude of the populace gradually changed. New York ...
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Overview

This is the story of how Sunday baseball went from being illegal in most places in 1876 to a normal event everywhere by 1934. During those nearly six decades, numerous Sunday schemes were used, like playing in strange places, under odd circumstances, and at the inconvenience of players and managers, some of whom were arrested anyway. Sunday baseball gained a foothold in St. Louis, Cincinnati and Chicago in the 1880s and 1890s, and spread slowly eastward as the attitude of the populace gradually changed. New York passed a law in 1919 making it legal. Boston came around in 1928 and finally in 1933 Philadelphia became the last to lift the ban.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786415649
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2003
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlie Bevis is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. He has written for Nine, The Cooperstown Symposium, The National Pastime and Base Ball. The author of several other McFarland baseball books, he is an adjunct instructor of English at Rivier College and lives in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
1 Ball Players Arrested for It 5
2 National League Disliked It 24
3 American Association Loved It 34
4 St. Louis and Brooklyn Exulted in It 51
5 Sabbatarians Hated It 75
6 National League Embraced It 101
7 Cleveland Attempted It 116
8 American League Liked It 135
9 Brooklyn Used Subterfuge to Do It 152
10 New York Wanted It 174
11 Philadelphia Experimented with It 200
12 Boston Finally Got It 214
13 Bribery Scandal Soiled It 228
14 Philadelphia at Last Adopted It 246
15 Legacy of Sunday Baseball 261
App. A Sunday Baseball Firsts in the Major Leagues 271
App. B Significant Court Decisions on Sunday Baseball 275
App. C Massachusetts Ballot Initiative, 1928 292
Notes 293
Bibliography 309
Index 311
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