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Baseball in the District "Renaissance" 1877 to 1883by Kevin Flynn
Some time back Karen purchased the history of the baseball in the District
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This is a comprehensive, four hundred page history of Baseball in the District. It covers the years from 1877 to 1883. We have revised this book in order to fully document the seasons from 1877 to 1879. We could not include the 1879 season without including the 1877 and 1878 seasons.
Some time back Karen purchased the history of the baseball in the District by Shirley Povich. More than nay publican this is what led us to do our series of books. In many ways the period from 1877 to 1880 is a major transition point in the District’s interest in baseball, the period that the Povich book ignored. Here is what he writes, “Baseball in Washington during the next decade was decadent. At least the town had no big league pretensions. The fans were overfed with the futility of Washington teams trying to compete in the National Association, and the city lapsed into a bush town of baseball?”
The use of the word decadent is peculiar to say the least. As defined by Webster, “marked by decay or decline,” based on our research the period was anything but. It is an obvious misstatement that makes you wonder why it was even written. If anything it was a period of rebirth. Baseball was back and crowds of 10,000 testified to its popularity. Overfed with the futility of trying to compete in the National Association makes even less sense. Washington was cheated out of a championship by an act of skullduggery and won the title in 1880. In fact the 1880 team would long be remembered at the time as one of the best ever to play for the District.
If the powers that be in the either major league had allowed the Nationals Baseball Club of Washington to enter the city might have a heritage resembling that of St. Louis or Chicago. Instead the League turned its back on the Nation’s Capital, a common thread in the cities baseball history. Certainly the popularity of the game was there and the city had a record of producing talent for the majors. But it was not to be.
There have been some minor additions the text as well in order to flesh out some of the information. All non-baseball information is in italics. They are used here to give you a frame of reference for the period.
Baseball in the District
1869 Rise of the Olympics
1877 to 1883 Renaissance
1884 The Two Teams
1885 The Amazing Nationals
1886 A League City
1887 Trials and Tribulations
1888 The Last Hurrah
1889 Ward Sold
1890 The Dark Ages “Hewitt’s Nine”
1891 The Dark Ages “Scanlon’s Nine”
1892 Enter the Wagners
1893 The Cranks Rebel
1894 A Bad Team
1895 The Agony of Defeat
1896 Scrappy Bill
1897 Tom Brown’s Team
1899 End of an Era
1900 to 1904 An Orphan in an Upstart League
1918 Uncle Sam’s Game
Baseball Memories, Tales and Anecdote’s
Baseball has brought Karen and I a great deal of joy, my nephew has captured these thoughts in his entertaining forward. We hope you enjoy the book.
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