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Alexander Cartwright: The Life behind the Baseball Legend
Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr. (1820–92) was present during the organization of the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York in the mid-1800s. That much is certain. Since that time, Cartwright has been celebrated as the founder of our national pastime, much like Abner Doubleday. As with Doubleday, however, Cartwright’s claim to fame has also spawned all sorts of conjecture ...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by University of Nebraska Press
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Really excellent research, dry writing. Cartwright holds slightly more claim to the invention of baseball than Abner Doubleday, at least in that he was present at the Elysian Fields in Hoboken for the folk game's maturation into modern sport and modern organization. And he was a fascinating guy in the way that probably everybody involved in the Elysian Fields' squads was fascinating. But, ultimately, he didn't invent baseball either. The absolute best account of the game's "invention" is ...more