Base Ball

Articles from Vol. 8, 2014

Editor's Note
Eight years in, this journal continues to elicit groundbreaking research and lively reinterpretation about a period that most baseball fans had long considered dead, buried, done with. The reasonable conclusion one might draw from this wellspring of...
Return to Conventional Wisdom on Candy Cummings
Following the death of William Arthur "Candy" Cummings in 1924, The Sporting News passionately advocated for a monument to memorialize his contributions to baseball, writing, "It is doubtful if there is any ball player's memory which deserves more to...
Rube Waddell's Theater of the Absurd: The Hilarious Histrionics of Baseball's Hall of Fame Flake
Picking out the most colorful period in the life of Rube Waddell is like selecting the Cubs' most disappointing season-so much from which to choose.The outlandish Waddell was baseball's biggest drawing card in the first decade of the 20th century and...
Searching for James Creighton
There is something maddeningly elusive about James Creighton as a research subject. The more we learn about him, the more questions we seem to have.We know that Creighton changed the game. In pre-Civil War baseball, pitchers were expected to toss the...
The Antebellum Growth and Spread of the New York Game
Baseball grew rapidly in the years immediately before the Civil War. This much has been known since the publication in 1960 of Harold Seymour and Dorothy Seymour Mills' classic Baseball: The Early Years. The details have been less clear: The precise...
The Dismantling of the National League's First Dynasty: Phase 1
In a book begun before his untimely death in 2011, 19th century baseball historian David Ball set out to track the painstaking evolution of the present-day rules and practices regarding player movement from one team to another. David's legacy did not...
The Mystery of Horace B. Phillips
The first mystery regarding Horace Phillips is his birthdate. All sources agree that Phillips' birthplace was Salem, Ohio, but 20th century sources give his birthdate as May 14, 1853.1 One of eight children of hotelkeeper Abel Penrose Phillips, Horace...
The Oldest Trick in the Book
The following is excerpted from Finding the Hidden-Ball Trick: The Colorful History of Baseball's Oldest Ruse, by Bill Deane, scheduled to be published by Rowman & Littlefield in Spring 2015.Ifirst started "collecting" hidden-ball tricks in the 1980s....
The "X" Letters
IntroductionBetween October 24, 1857, and January 23, 1 858, New York-based, nationally distributed sporting weekly Porter's Spirit of the Times, which covered New York Rules baseball on a regular basis, published a series of 14 anonymous letters concerning...
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