Vintage Base Ball: Recapturing the National Pastime (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Jun 13, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 396 pages
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Every spring, thousands of ball players across the country step back to the nineteenth century to play vintage base ball using the equipment, uniforms, rules, and customs of the game's early years. A unique combination of athletic contest, living history, and outdoor theatre, vintage base ball transports players and spectators alike to that fascinating and innocent time when athletes gathered on the diamond for recreation, exercise, and pure enjoyment. This lore-laden how-to provides all the information needed to play this entertaining, educational, and fast-growing game and to present it properly to the public, covering everything from historically accurate equipment and etiquette to the rules of play and game-day preparations.
  

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Ahhh! Vintage Baseball. I was a little fooled by the title thinking I was going to hear about the OLD players and their game, some of which I did, but I was surprised to get an in depth study of the ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Origins and Growth of Vintage Base Ball
7
2 The Appeal of Vintage Base Ball
24
3 The Value of a Vintage Base Ball Program
37
4 Choosing an Era to Portray
49
5 The Gentlemen of the Clubs
65
6 Club Organization and Administration
75
7 Club Operation and Leadership
94
Infield and Outfield
221
Catching and Pitching
233
17 Pitching
249
Batting and Base Running
263
19 Base Running Interpretations
281
Preparation and PreGame Activities
296
Playing the Match
313
The Ninth Inning and PostGame Activities
326

8 Women in Vintage Base Ball
111
9 Period Uniforms
124
10 Vintage Equipment
143
11 The Field of Play
157
12 The Umpire
174
13 The Scorer
188
14 Interpreters
201
23 Authenticity Accuracy Accommodations and Opportunities
339
24 Vintage Base Balls Relevance on the Contemporary Sports Landscape
358
25 Huzzah for the National Game
375
Bibliography
379
Index
385
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

James R. Tootle has spent more than twenty seasons as a member of the Ohio Historical Society's vintage base ball program. He holds a Ph.D. in American history from Ohio State University. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research and the North American Society for Sports History, he serves on the board of the Columbus Historical Society. He lives in Worthington, Ohio.

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