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Baseball before we knew it : a search for the roots of the game

Author: David Block
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Baseball, Block convincingly argues, was not a product of rounders, and its essential form had already been established by the late 18th century. Where, then, did baseball come from? In search of an answer, Block, a retired systems analyst and an antiquarian book collector, has attacked baseball's literary record with methodical zeal. The result is a joyfully discursive romp through the history of ball sports and a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Block, David, 1944-
Baseball before we knew it.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)607520304
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Block
ISBN: 0803213395 9780803213395 9780803262553 0803262558
OCLC Number: 56014560
Description: xxv, 340 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Uncertainty as to the paternity --
Rounders schmounders --
Abner and Albert, the missing link / Philip Block --
Was Abner Graves telling the truth? --
Rules of baseball : the prequel --
How slick were the Knicks? --
In the beginning --
Stools, clubs, stobs, and jugs --
Traps and cats --
It's starting to look familiar --
Baseball before we knew it --
Early baseball bibliography : roots of the game in pre-Civil War literature --
Appendix 1 : Constitutions and by-laws --
Appendix 2 : Some comments on sporting journals of the 1850s --
Appendix 3 : "A place leavel [sic] enough to play ball" / Thomas L. Altherr --
Appendix 4 : The letters of Abner Graves --
Appendix 5 : Dr. Adam E. Ford's letter to Sporting life --
Appendix 6 : Battingball games / Per Maigaard --
Appendix 7 : Nine surviving descriptions of baseball-like games written and published before 1845.
Responsibility: David Block ; with a foreword by Tim Wiles.
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It may be America's game, but no one seems to know how or when baseball really started. This work brings fresh evidence of baseball's origins into play. It tackles one stubborn misconception after  Read more...

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http://nebraskapress.typepad.com/university_of_nebraska_pr/2011/03/unp-author-to-help-major-league-baseball-trace-its-roots-.html -- Cara Pesek * UNP blog * "A well researched, expertly written, Read more...

 
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