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Local-Origins Issues

Uniforms by Larry McCray
Early uniforms and their significance (1st round completed August 2014)
The Grounds by Marty Payne
What made for a suitable local playing site . . . . location, surface topography, or what?
Base Ball Fever by Jeffrey Kittel
What was the nation’s “Base Ball Fever” (1865-1870) experience like in your area?
Patterns of Spread by Larry McCray
How do we explain the observed patterns of local propagation of base ball . . . population shifts, transportation technologies, news media effects, etc.
Predecessor Pastimes by Larry McCray
What prior ballgames, if any, were played in the area . . . by adults, youths, juveniles, females before the NY game reached the area? Were local on-field/off-field variations maintained in some areas?
Accounts by Larry McCray
How did game accounts evolve locally? What were local box-score summaries like?? Was quantification and/or statistics important in the local popularity of the game?
Media Effects by Larry McCray
The galvanizing role of local and of distant news coverage, if any
Gambling's Role by Larry McCray
Was local gambling an essential factor in the diffusion of the game?
The Big Tours by Larry McCray
Were the broad regional tours by famous clubs an important part of base ball’s local appeal?
The Beneficiaries by Larry McCray
Is it clear who profited from the growth of the game in your area? Did that affect the game on the field? How?
Competing Pastimes by Larry McCray
What other pastimes, if any, rivaled early base ball . . . and is it clear why base ball seemed to win out over them?
Playing to Win by Larry McCray
Playing to win vs. playing just for fellowship or exercise
Club Makeup by Larry McCray
Did club rosters reflect ethnic or social divisions, gradations in athletic talent, players’ ages, or what? Did minority groups form their own clubs?