Category Archive: Articles.2008-TNP

A Man of Many Faucets, All Running at Once: Books by and about Branch Rickey

Lee Lowenfish. Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious Gentleman.…

Educated Yelling: The Portrait of a Heckler

Creative heckling is one of the more interesting features of…
Before achieving fame as a leading literary voice of the Beat Generation, Jack Kerouac aspired to be a sportswriter and already as a teenager had created a highly detailed imagi- nary baseball universe. (COURTESY OF THE ALLEN GINSBERG ESTATE)

Jack Kerouac: The Beat of Fantasy Baseball

Before achieving fame as a leading literary voice of the Beat…
Dummy Hoy (LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)

The Deaf and the Origin of Hand Signals in Baseball

Dummy Hoy taught his teammates sign language, which they began…

British Baseball: How a Curious Version of the Game Survives in Parts of England and Wales

A young man anxiously takes grip of a heavily taped bat that…

Henry Chadwick: The ‘Father of Baseball’ was a Sportswriter

In the fall of 1856, a New York Times cricket journalist spotted…
The National Pastime (Volume 28, 2008)

Analyzing Grand Old Images: A Close Look at Two Photos from the Deadball Era

Joe Wallace’s Grand Old Game: 365 Days of Baseball is a cleverly…

The 1924 Junior World Series: The St. Paul Saints’ Magnificent Comeback

By 1920 the idea of matching two high-minor-league teams in a…

Anson in Greasepaint: The Vaudeville Career of Adrian C. Anson

Overture Adrian C. Anson’s professional baseball career came…

Farmer Hal from Yoncalla: Hal Turpin of the Pacific Coast League

In 1994, Dave Eskenazi traveled to Yoncalla, Oregon, to visit…

I Never Get Back: How “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” Succeeds in Celebrating Failure

In this centennial year of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,”…

Burleigh Grimes and the 1912 Eau Claire Commissioners

Ask any resident of Eau Claire if any Hall of Fame baseball players…

A Bitter Rivalry Recalled: The Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees, 1947–1956

The late Ed Linn, coauthor of Veeck—As in Wreck, later wrote…

Ed Barrow, the Federal League, and the Union League

Hall of Fame executive Ed Barrow secured his legacy during his…

They Served with Valor: Negro League Ballplayers in the Armed Forces during World War II

In 1944, three years before he broke Major League Baseball’s…

Ace: The Jake Jones Story

"One thing I can’t go for is any “hero” stuff. I know I…

But the Polo Grounds Belonged to the Giants: An Interview With Bobby Thomson

Tom Harris interviewed Bobby Thomson at his home in New Jersey…

Did the Federal League Have a Reserve Clause?

Its defiance of the reserve clause for two brief but eventful…

Ten Days in August: A Last Chance for Brooklyn?

Hard as it may be to believe, the Brooklyn Dodgers have been…