Base Ball

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 1, 2010

Baseball on the Boards
Damn Yankees, the smash-hit 1955 musical, is easily is the best-known, most frequently revived baseball theater piece. Other high-profile plays include Elmer the Great (1928), a Ring Lardner comedy that was produced by George M. Cohan and featured Walter...
Cogswell's Bat
In 1796, on a spring day in Ipswich, Massachusetts, Joseph Green Cogswell, then nine years old, took "his skates and his bat" to play. Uncertain which to use, he "leaned over from a wharf to try the strength of the ice with his bat,"1 whereupon he fell...
Doubleday Diamonds; or, Digging Up Graves
It is true that the obituaries of Abner Doubleday, the former general who had fired "the first shot for the Union" from Fort Sumter, did not connect his name with baseball. They also failed to mention that he had served as a commander of a unit of "Buffalo...
Take Me out to the Ballgame: The Pursuit of Pleasure and Profit on the Ball Field
Happiness is an elusive concept. However, it is hard to imagine that settling into a bleacher seat with a hotdog in one hand and a cold beverage in the other to take in America's pastime would not qualify as happiness, if not sheer bliss. But when and...
"Your Valuabal Paper": Baseball Correspondence in the Sunday Mercury, 1859-1860
TO FIELD SPORTSMEN, CRICKETERS, BASE BALL CLUBS, PROPRIETORS OF COURSES, AND OTHERS,-We shall at all times feel under obligations to those gentlemen who will furnish us authentic accounts of all kinds of field-sports, running, and trotting, and barter-racing;...
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