Now, on to the good stuff.
Some of this stuff I put up almost a year ago when I first launched this version of the site. I never really had the time to follow through on my original vision and scaled back to just blogging. TGOG V 2.0 was really just a glorified version of V 1.0 but with a better domain name. But it kind of dawned on me the other day that I could continue to use the blog as the landing page while adding additional content at my leisure. So that's what I'm doing. I still don't think the site will ever match my original vision of the thing but, with the software at my disposal, I can do more things than I'm currently doing. Let's call this TGOG version 3.0.
So what's new:
- My essay on Henry Gratiot is back up.
- Also making a return is the piece on ball-playing in the Illinois Country.
- All new is a page about how the early game spread. There are three essays that you can access at the page or by mousing over the page name in the sidebar.
- I don't believe that I've posted "The Great Match Of Base Ball," a piece about the origins of the game in St. Louis and the first match game played in the city.
- I've added a page to archive all of the Fall of Von der Ahe posts, so that ridiculously long series won't get lost in the archive.
- I think I had my notes on 19th century ball clubs and 19th century baseball grounds up but I can't remember. They both need updating but they're a decent resource and a good starting place for research.
- There's now a page with links to some of the stuff I've written for Protoball and you should absolutely head over there and check it out.
- And, finally, I added a page listing my published works.
Not bad for a day's work.
At the moment, I'm putting together notes for a piece about the Cyclone thesis and hope to get the thing written and posted soon. I'll let you know. Also, I have three more Fall of Von der Ahe posts to get up and then we're finished with that. Not sure where we're headed after that but I'm thinking Civil War-era. We'll see.