Consulting Cartwright's personal correspondence and papers, Martin shows how this American archetype synthesized a number of elements from popular ballgames into the program, bylaws, and positions we find on the field today. After formalizing his blueprint, Cartwright worked tirelessly to promote baseball nationwide, appealing to both upper- and lower-class spectators and ballplayers and weaving a trail of influence across nineteenth-century America.
Addressing the controversy that has roiled for years around the claims for Doubleday and Cartwright, Martin revisits the original arguments behind each camp and throws into sharp relief the competing ambitions of these figures during a time of aggressive westward expansion and unparalleled opportunities for individual reinvention. Martin's story of modern baseball not only offers a fascinating window into a thoroughly American phenomenon but also accesses a rare history of American ideals.
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About the Author
Table of ContentsThe Birth of the Father
Cartwright, Dreaming Again
Across the Plains
Visions and Revisions
The Last Gasp of the Great Sailing Ships
Starting All Over Again: It's Gonna Be Rough—but We're Gonna Make It
The New Fire Chief
Freemasonry Comes to Hawaii
A Gift from the Sea—and a Loss
Back to Baseball
DeWitt and His Brothers
Cartwright & Co., Ltd.
Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr., American
The Social Whirl
Advisor to the Queen
Deaths and New Life
Baseball on the Plantations
Spalding's World Tour—First Stop, Hawaii
The Final Dissolving
Cartwright's Second Life: Myth Into History
Appendix 1: Chronology of the Life of Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr.
Appendix 2: Did Cartwright "Really Invent" Baseball? Or, How Did the Game Evolve Before He Arrived? A Short Survey of Two Vexed Questions
Notes and References
What People are Saying About This
Jay Martin has given us a John Dewey with a passion for education and a passion for democracy, a man with an open spirit not only for America but also for the changes that swept China and Russia in the earliest decades of the twentieth century; a man who avoided academic inflation, grandstanding, and oratorical excess; a man with a passion above all for plainness and decency, the Harry Truman of American thinkers. Not only Dewey's thought but his life was democratic, as Jay Martin shows in this fine new psychologically revealing biography. A splendid achievement.
Live All You Can is so engaging I read it in two sittings. This book is by the far the most comprehensive record of Alexander Joy Cartwright's life yet available.