That is not the New York game of baseball. A quick look at the publishing information shows that this book was published in Boston so what we have here is the Massachusetts game of baseball, a regional variant played, obviously, in Massachusetts and New England. It is probably the most famous of the non-New York variants and, for a long time, when people talked about town ball, this is the game they were talking about. But, interestingly, I've found no evidence that the game was ever referred to as town ball - it was called base ball, round ball, ball, goal ball, bat and ball, base, and the Massachusetts game but never town ball. This manual, of course, refers to the game as base ball and it is as deserving of that name as the New York variant.
- Why "This Game Of Games"?
- What's Up With That Rooster?
- The Old Blog
- Henry Gratiot and Early St. Louis Ball-Playing
- Baseball In The Illinois Country
- Thoughts On The Origin and Spread Of The Early Game
- The Great Match Of Base Ball
- Civil War Baseball
- Chris Von der Ahe and the Creation of Modern Baseball
- The Fall Of Von der Ahe
- 19th Century St. Louis Baseball Clubs
- 19th Century St. Louis Baseball Grounds
- Protoball Stuff
- Research Links
- Published Work
- Contact Me