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Book Review: “Fifty-nine in ’84,” by Edward Achorn |

Submitted by Jack Warren on Monday, 25 October 2010No Comment
Book Review: “Fifty-nine in ’84,” by Edward Achorn |

Here’s another take on a book that our Tom Jackson review previously. Tom also interviewed author Edward Achorn.

Edward Achorn digs deep into the earliest accounts of the origins of baseball, going all the way back to similar games brought to America by the Puritans in the 17th century. The game of baseball pre-dates the Abner Doubleday and Alexander Cartwright claims, and is a variation of the British game of ‘rounders.’ He covers the evolution of the game through the 19th century. If a player from that era were to be transported to a ball game in this century, he might be overwhelmed by the size of the park, the manicured field grass, and the equipment used, but he would have no problem playing the game. The infield dimensions are the same. The pitcher still throws a ball to the catcher, the umpire calls balls and strikes, the batter attempts to hit the ball, and if he makes contact with the ball, he knows where to run. Fielders make every attempt to catch the ball and return the ball to the infield, whether to put a base runner out, or to get the ball back to the pitcher, and so forth.

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