The Early Years of Philadelphia Baseball

By Rich Westcott

This article was published in the 2013 The National Pastime.

The Philadelphia area is the birthplace of the United States flag as well as America’s first modern bank, zoo, electronic computer, volunteer fire company, farmers’ market, trade union, magazine, stock exchange, and professional surgery. It is where the Declaration of Independence was signed, it was the nation’s first capital, and is the home of the world-famous Philadelphia Orchestra, the internationally renowned Museum of Art, Fairmount Park, the largest inner-city park in the nation, and the legendary Mummer’s Parade. Soft pretzels, cheese steaks, scrapple, and carbonated water originated in the . . .

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