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Articles by Bill Hicklin

Englische Base-ball on 3 March 2016
1860 NABBP Rules on 5 March 2016
Rules of the Massachusetts Association of Base Ball Players on 5 March 2016
Adopted May 13, 1858 at Dedham, Massachusetts
La balle empoisonnée on 5 March 2016
From Les Jeux des jeunes garcons, representes par un grand nornbre d'estampes, 4th ed. (Paris: Chez Nepveu, Libraire, ca. 1815)
The 20 Rules of the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club on 5 March 2016
Adopted September 23, 1845
1854 Unified Kinickerbocker-Eagle-Gotham Rules on 6 March 2016
Adopted April 1, 1854
Feeder and Rounders, 1841 on 6 March 2016
from The Every Boy's Book by J. L. Williams. London: Henry Allman (1841). 

Articles by Bill Humber

Beachville Deconstruction (The New York Game Comes to Canada) on 1 May 2015
version 1.0 

Articles by Bob Tholkes

Bob Tholkes Condenses Key 19CBB Postings in December 2012 on 3 January 2013
Postings to 19CBB, Jan. - Feb. 2013 on 21 February 2013
19CBB Digest, March 2013 on 2 April 2013
19CBB Digest, April-May 2013 on 1 June 2013
19CBB Highlights, August September 2013 on 3 October 2013
Spirit Letters From X, 1857-8 on 1 February 2014
A series of 14 letters to the Spirit of the Times, from "X," October 1857- January 1858 

Articles by Bruce Allardice

The Spread of Base Ball, 1859 - 1870 on 26 September 2013
Some New Data on the Early Diffusion of Base Ball in the United States (Version 1.0, 9/26/2013)
Internet Search Tips on 3 October 2013
Bruce Allardice Find Stories, October 2013 on 3 October 2013
Preliminary IL Data on Early Base Ball on 9 August 2014
Cricket and the Rise of Baseball on 1 June 2015
Version 1.0
Ballplaying by Civil War Soldiers 1.0 on 1 September 2018

Articles by Corky Gaskell

Baseball Making Notes on 1 March 2018

Articles by Debbie Shattuck

Don't Forget the Girls on 1 June 2013
For Fun and Health -- That's Why She Played on 3 October 2013

Articles by George Thompson

The Story of George Thompson’s 1823 Find -- "Base Ball" in NYC! on 3 January 2013
The Story of George Thompson’s 1823 Find --- Base Ball in New York City on 8 January 2013
"One evening in the spring of 2001 . . . " 

Articles by Howard Burman

Irish Rounders (Burman's Report) on 1 March 2013

Articles by Jeffrey Kittel

What Was Town Ball, Anyway? on 2 October 2012
A Source-Based Description of Town Ball Play
What Was Rounders, Anyway? on 7 November 2012
A Source-Based Description of Rounders Play
What Was The Massachusetts Game, Anyway? on 19 December 2012
A Sourced-Based Description of Massachusetts Game Play
1845 Knickerbocker Rules on 5 April 2013
Evolution or Revolution? A Rule-By-Rule Analysis of the 1845 Knickerbocker Rules
1857 Rules on 30 July 2013
A Rule-by-Rule History Analysis of the Rules Adopted by the 1857 Convention of Base Ball Clubs
Base Ball Fever on 1 September 2014
What was the nation’s “Base Ball Fever” (1865-1870) experience like in your area? 

Articles by John and Kay Price

Stoolball Today -- The Rejuvenation of an Ancient Pastime on 15 November 2013

Articles by Larry McCray

Ballplaying in Civil War Camps on 1 July 2009
An Overview of an Enriched Data Base
What Was Town Ball, Anyway? on 2 October 2012
A Source-Based Description of Town Ball Play
Early Championships on 12 October 2012
What Was Rounders, Anyway? on 7 November 2012
A Source-Based Description of Rounders Play
The Next Destin'd Post, January 2013 on 8 January 2013
Next Destin'd Post, April 2013 on 1 April 2013
The Next Destin'd Post, June 2013 on 1 June 2013
Next Destin'd Post, August 2013 on 1 August 2013
Protoball Search Aid on 13 March 2014
Version 1.1
Club Makeup on 1 September 2014
Did club rosters reflect ethnic or social divisions, gradations in athletic talent, players’ ages, or what? Did minority groups form their own clubs?
Patterns of Spread on 1 September 2014
How do we explain the observed patterns of local propagation of base ball . . . population shifts, transportation technologies, news media effects, etc.
The Big Tours on 1 September 2014
Were the broad regional tours by famous clubs an important part of base ball’s local appeal?
Predecessor Pastimes on 1 September 2014
What prior ballgames, if any, were played in the area . . . by adults, youths, juveniles, females before the NY game reached the area? Were local on-field/off-field variations maintained in some areas?
The Beneficiaries on 1 September 2014
Is it clear who profited from the growth of the game in your area? Did that affect the game on the field? How?
Accounts on 1 September 2014
How did game accounts evolve locally? What were local box-score summaries like?? Was quantification and/or statistics important in the local popularity of the game?
Competing Pastimes on 1 September 2014
What other pastimes, if any, rivaled early base ball . . . and is it clear why base ball seemed to win out over them?
Media Effects on 1 September 2014
The galvanizing role of local and of distant news coverage, if any
Playing to Win on 1 September 2014
Playing to win vs. playing just for fellowship or exercise
Gambling's Role on 1 September 2014
Was local gambling an essential factor in the diffusion of the game?
Uniforms on 19 September 2014
Early uniforms and their significance (1st round completed August 2014) 

Articles by Mark Brunke

The Spread of Base Ball in the Pacific Northwest on 1 January 2013
Ten-Position Base Ball on 5 February 2018

Articles by Marty Payne

The Grounds on 1 September 2014
What made for a suitable local playing site . . . . location, surface topography, or what? 

Articles by Protoball Functionary

Interview with John Thorn, Official Historian of Major League Baseball on 1 January 2013
An Interview with David Block on 21 February 2013
"The book came about almost by accident."
Interview with Peter Morris on 2 April 2013
Interview with Bill Ryczek on 1 June 2013
Sam Marchiano and the 1755 Bray Diary Find on 1 June 2013
Interview with 2013 SABR-Origins Chair Bill Johnson on 1 August 2013
Richard Hershberger Interview, October 2013 on 3 October 2013

Articles by Randall Brown

Randall Brown's Find of the Wheaton Account -- Before the Knickerbockers on 2 April 2013

Articles by Richard Hershberger

Sliding on 1 October 2013
Evidence on Sliding in Early Base Ball Accounts (4 pages)
Called Pitches on 23 July 2014
When Did Umpires Start Calling Balls and Strikes? (8 pages)
Pitchers Covering First on 23 July 2014
When did pitchers start covering first base on grounders to the right side? (2 pages)
The Backstop on 23 July 2014
Were Foul-Ground Barriers Always Part of Base Ball? (3 pages)
Judgment! on 23 July 2014
At first, most umpiring calls were only made on appeal, and then things changed (7 pages)
The Play-Testing of Early Base Ball Rule Modifications, version 1.0 on 2 January 2016
Early Evidence on Base Stealing on 23 February 2016
Very Early (pre-1857) Rules on Base Advancement After Caught Fly Balls on 19 June 2018
Did Runners Have to Tag Up? 

Articles by Rob Loeffler

The Evolution of the Baseball Up To 1872 on 1 March 2007
A Chronology of Ballmaking up to 1872 – and a list of 32 Ballmakers, 1858 to 1890 

Articles by Tom Altherr

"A Good Many Different Kinds of Ball" on 1 January 2013
In 1867 story, a father recollects boyhood ballplaying
A New Find on Early Wicket and Old Fashioned Base Ball on 3 January 2013
A Place Leavel Enough to Play Ball on 1 February 2013
Tom Altherr Contemplates His Favorite Finds on 21 February 2013
"I did exclaim several choice phrases"
New Englander Confronts Impious Sunday Ball-playing in Virginia on 1 March 2013
"Great numbers of people of all ages, ranks, and colors"
New England Woman Observes Ball Play in Norfolk, Virginia in 1802 on 2 April 2013
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