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A Ball Player Career

Auhtor: Adrian Anson

Language: english
Published: 1900

Genres:

biography,  games
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eBook size: 309Kb

Review by Timothy B. Riley, July 2005


Rating: (***)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A Ball Player Career':

A Ball Player S Career by Adrian C Anson. The personal experiences of Adrian C. Anson manager and captain of the Chicago Base Ball Club CHAPTER III. SOME FACTS ABOUT THE NATIONAL GAME. Just at what particular time the base-ball fever became epidemic in Marshalltown it is difficult to say for the reason that unfortunately all of the records of the game there together with the trophies accumulated were destroyed by a fire that swept the place in 1897 and that also destroyed all of the files of the newspapers then published there. The fever had been raging in the East many years previous to that time however and had gradually worked its way over the mountains and across the broad prairies until the sport had obtained a foothold in every little village and hamlet in the land. Before entering further on my experience it may be well to give here and now a brief history of the game and its origin. When and where the game first made its appearance is a matter of great uncertainty but the general opinion of the historians seems to be that by some mysterious process of evolution it developed from the boys game of more than a century ago then known as one old cat in which there was a pitcher a catcher and a batter. John M. Ward a famous base-ball player in his day and now a prosperous lawyer in the city of Brooklyn and the late Professor Proctor carried on a controversy through the columns of the New York newspapers in 1888 the latter claiming that base-ball was taken from the old English game of rounders while Ward argued that base-ball was evolved from the boys game as above stated and was distinctly an American game he plainly proving that it had no connection whatever with rounders. The game of base-ball probably owed its name to the fact that bases were used in making its runs and were one of its prominent features.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Ball Player Career':


... every opportunity. Johnny Green was their chief, and Johnny, in spite of his looks, was a pretty decent sort of a fellow, though he was as fond of fire-water ...
... Harry Wright and Manning in the outfield and Birdsall and Sweasey, substitutes. Addy took Manning's place in the latter part of the season. 1874. ...
... he wished without calling them, and once when I was at the bat and he could not induce me to hit at the wild ones that he was sending in he fired a vicious ...
... clearing 133 yards 1 foot and 7 1/2 inches. Leonard came next with 119 yards 1 foot 10 inches, Wright third with 117 yards 1 foot 1 inch, Boyd fourth ...
... adoption of a player's contract, which enabled the clubs to keep their players and prevented them from being hired away by rival organizations. This ...
... reply: Oh, I'd a-bin thar ef I'd bin needed. But in spite of this the fact remains that he was rarely on hand when he was needed, and many an overthrown ...
... by such club members, are and shall be eligible to contract with any other club members of either association party hereto. The object of this was ...
... turned out to witness the game, which proved to be close and exciting. At the request of some of the citizens Hutchinson and Sugie, of the Des Moines ...
... traveling suit with a hat to match, new underwear and linen, patent leather shoes and a cane. When he marched onto the field that afternoon he was ...
... the unknown, but their memory still lingers with us and will as long as life shall last. There was not a minute of the time that was spent on the ...
... as the dining-room, was handsomely decorated in red, white and blue, evergreens and colored lanterns, and, after receiving a brief greeting from U. ...
... there. The coaches in which we journeyed to Melbourne were built in the English style, with compartments, and are not nearly so comfortable as the sleeping ...
... his dignity, though his protests fell on deaf ears. One hot afternoon a mock trial was held in the smoking-room, with Fogarty as the presiding Judge, ...
... National Museum at Naples, among them being the casts of bodies that were taken from the ashes. The museums and cathedrals at Naples are rich in relics ...
... of steamer life, the late hours, and the continual round of high living that they indulged in, is a mystery, and one that is past my fathoming, and ...
... reaching distance took advantage of the fact to pay them a visit. Mrs. Anson and I spent the day in driving about the city visiting Phoenix Park ...
... hundred and thirty shares of the club's stock, which from the time of Mr. Hart's connection with it has been worthless so far as I am concerned, and simply ...
... cannon. Sometimes only one bottle out of a dozen would explode, and then again the whole dozen would go off with a sound like that made by a whole regiment ...
... third time Gallagher carried off the honors, the totals showing 400 points for him as against only 183 for myself, and by this time I had come to the ...
... for many years. He had done the work and discharged the duties of the place faithfully, laboriously, and ably, and he had received for his services ...