June 21, 2016

The manuscript that I hope will become my next book has just been sent to my agent, who is also an accomplished editor. She has applied her talents to finding my writing slips and is now preparing the manuscript by resetting it in the style approved by the publisher she believes will be happy to publish it. Continue reading “June 21, 2016”

May 2, 2016

April 28, 2016 proved to be an exciting day. I came to Kansas City to enjoy the premiere of Producer Mark Honer’s documentary, “Town Teams: Bigger Than Baseball,” which demonstrates the way local baseball influenced town pride and rivalry, helping drive the competition between towns in ways that advanced the economy and made baseball towns into lively places where baseball became the center of everyone’s interest. Continue reading “May 2, 2016”

Jan. 17, 2016

When I delivered the keynote address at “The Fred” in Cooperstown on April 15, 2014, I focused on my conviction that the kind of research into baseball history still needed had to do with the amateur players rather than the professionals. A fuller understanding of the amateur contribution to America would make for a more well-rounded view of our country’s early history. Continue reading “Jan. 17, 2016”

June 21, 2015

Last month I read a new book, The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism, written by Megan Marshall and published by Houghton Mifflin in 2005. Because I am a member of a Unitarian congregational, I enjoy reading about the early transcendentalist movement. While reading I this book I found a mention of early baseball, checking it out with research I once typed long ago for Harold Seymour’s Cornell dissertation in 1956 and with David Block’s book, Baseball Before We Knew It, published in 2005.
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