Bill Ryczek

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Location Wallingford, CT
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Bill Ryczek has 4 essays on early ballplaying posted at the National Pastime Museum site at  Included are an account of the Excelsiors’ 1860 tour of New York State and an account of the evolution of pitching from the 1850s onward.  Access requires you to register for the site, which took just 3 or 4 hours in our recent experience. 

Bill made enormous contributions in bringing to print Base Ball Founders this spring. This solid new reference work contains about 40 essays on th4e earliest base ball clubs in the New York metropolitan area, Philadelphia, and Massachusetts.  


Bill Ryczek contributed an article to the Special Protoball Issue Of Base Ball this May:

"1854 -- William Van Cott Writes a Letter to the Sporting Press."  Base Ball. 5(1):   111 - 113. 


Bill is putting together a narrative history of baseball from 1845 to the Civil War.  Look for it to hit the shelves in 2009.

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