John Thorn, December 2008

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December 2008
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John's take on the pre-Knickerbocker era appeared in “The Magnolia, the Knickerbocker, and the Age of Flash” in the fall 2008 issue of Base Ball.  Just when we’ve all gotten comfortable with the idea that some nice young professional men played the key role in establishing base ball as the US game in 1845, here comes John to show us that an earlier club, one with close connections to taverns, to decidedly ungenteel personages, and to political strongmen.  His note:  “It must have rankled the ballplaying Knickerbockers that they had to share . . . their game with a bunch of ruffians.”

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