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Pastime lost : the humble, original, and now completely forgotten game of English baseball /

David Block.

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Author: Block, David
Published: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2019]
Topics: Baseball - England - History. | SPORTS & RECREATION - Baseball - History. | HISTORY - Europe - Great Britain. | GAMES / Gambling / Sports | SPORTS & RECREATION / Business Aspects | SPORTS & RECREATION / Essays | SPORTS & RECREATION / History | SPORTS & RECREATION / Reference | TRAVEL / Special Interest / Sports | SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History
Regions: England - Social life and customs - 18th century. | England - Social life and customs - 19th century. | England.
Genres: History. | Electronic books.
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Author: Block, David, 1944-
Physical Description: 1 online resource.
Includes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 9781496214164 (electronic bk.)
1496214161 (electronic bk.)






Copyright: ©2019
Summary: "Long before baseball became America's national pastime, English citizens of all ages, genders, and classes of society were playing a game called baseball. It had the same basic elements as modern American baseball, such as pitching and striking the ball, running bases, and fielding, but was played with a soft ball on a smaller playing field, and instead of a bat, the ball was typically struck by the palm of a hand. There is no doubt, however, that this simpler English version of baseball was the original form of the pastime and was the immediate forerunner of its better-known American offspring. Strictly a social game, English baseball was played for nearly two hundred years before fading away at the beginning of the twentieth century. Despite its longevity and its important role in baseball's evolution, however, today it has been completely forgotten. In Pastime Lost David Block unearths baseball's buried history and brings it back to life, illustrating how English baseball was embraced by all sectors of English society and exploring some of the personalities, such as Jane Austen and King George III, who played the game in their childhoods. While rigorously documenting his sources, Block also brings a light touch to his story, inviting us to follow him on some of the adventures that led to his most important discoveries."--
Notes: Machine generated contents note: List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments Introduction 1. A Little Pretty Debut 2. The Sporting Prince 3. Two Weeks, Two Discoveries 4. Word Perfect 5. Wild Geese and Red Herrings 6. Ball, Bat, and Beyond 7. Austen's Aura 8. Science and Letters 9. Ladies First 10. The Numbers Game 11. A Class Act 12. Literary Allusions 13. Glorified Rounders of Antiquity 14. Summertime Treat 15. People's Pastime 16. Rules Don't Apply 17. The Old Ba' Game 18. Strange Diversions 19. The Third Baseball 20. Mottos Are Made to Be Broken 21. When Games Collide 22. Pastime Lost Notes Bibliography Index.

More Details for: Pastime lost : the humble, original, and