SABR member Frank Ceresi has compiled an all-star lineup of writers and historians to contribute to a new website that launched on Opening Day, March 31, 2013, called The National Pastime Museum.
The online museum is dedicated to sharing the artifacts, history and stories that make up America’s greatest game — baseball. It will regularly feature columns by some of the game’s finest writers, including SABR members Rob Neyer, Paul Dickson, Larry Lester, Bill Ryczek, Gabriel Schechter, Tim Wendel and Jacob Pomrenke, along with Lawrence Hogan, Molly Lawless and a host of guest columnists such as John Holway, Luis Munoz and Stacy Pratt McDermott. The site is edited by Dick Heller, who has covered sports for more than 50 years at the Washington Star, the Miami Herald and the Washington Times.
The site will also showcase rare artifacts that will help tell the story of baseball from its earliest times. Highlights include one-of-a-kind items such as Shoeless Joe Jackson’s game-used Black Betsy baseball bat, a rare copy of Sol White’s History of Colored Baseball, extraordinary photos and illustrations from the nineteenth century, unique and historical Negro League artifacts and more.
Click a link below to read original columns from:
- Larry Lester, “Birth of a Slugger: The Incomparable Josh Gibson”
- Rob Neyer, “Was the Federal League Really a Major League?”
- Bill Ryczek, “The Origins of the Art of Pitching During the 19th Century”
- Jacob Pomrenke, “The Black Sox Scandal: A Cold Case, Not A Closed Case”
- Tim Wendel, “Steve Dalkowski: The Fastest Ever?”
- Gabriel Schechter, “Victory Faust: The First Sports Media Celebrity Creation”
- Paul Dickson, “First Ball”
- Frank Ceresi and Carol McMains, “Sol White’s 1907 History of Colored Baseball“
To view the online museum, visit TheNationalPastimeMuseum.com.
- Related link: National Pastime Museum to open online on March 31 (Sports Collectors Digest)
Originally published: April 1, 2013. Last Updated: April 1, 2013.