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

Author: David Block
Publisher: [Lincoln, NE] : Bison Books, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats

Looks into the early history of the baseball game and of the 150-year-old debate about its beginnings. This title tackles one stubborn misconception after another, debunking the enduring belief that  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Block
ISBN: 0803262558 9780803262553
OCLC Number: 70261798
Description: xxv, 340 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Uncertainty as to the paternity --
Rounders schmounders --
Abner and Albert, the missing link --
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" / by 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 / by 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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