Zinn: Proving what is so about Elysian Fields in 1846

From SABR member John Zinn at A Manly Pastime on June 21, 2015:

At one point in Lincoln Center’s wonderful revival of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I,” the king’s eldest son and the son of Anna, the teacher of the king’s children, are talking about their parents.  The king’s son asks Anna’s son, “Why do your mother and my father fight?”  Wiser than his years, Anna’s son replies, “They fight to prove that what they do not know is so.”  While the following quotes from a brief announcement on New Jersey Advance Media’s web site about the Neshanock-Hoboken match this past Saturday may not be consciously fighting to prove something, they represent historical claims that some think they “know,” but which are simply not correct.
“Hoboken will celebrate the 169th anniversary of the first baseball game on June 20 with a re-enactment of the game as it was played in 19th century.”
“For years Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the baseball Hall of Fame, held onto the tale that it was the site of the first game, but in recent years Hoboken has been acknowledged as the “birthplace of baseball.”

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Originally published: June 22, 2015. Last Updated: June 22, 2015.