Early Baseball in New Orleans: A History of 19th Century Play

Early Baseball in New Orleans: A History of 19th Century Play

by S. Derby Gisclair


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476677811
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 271
Sales rank: 478,345
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

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

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