Larry McCray

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First Name Larry
Last Name McCray
Location Lexington, MA
Regional Focus Boston, MA;Syracuse, NY
Special Interest Spread of New York Game, US Cricket, Wicket, Baserunning, English Rounders 1820-1870, Massachusetts Game, Predecessor Games
Tags Local-Origins Project Member
Active Yes


Essays and Articles

Ballplaying in Civil War Camps by Larry McCray
An Overview of an Enriched Data Base: NOTE -- This article was updated and re-cast by Bruce Allardice in 2018
What Was Town Ball, Anyway? by Larry McCray, Jeffrey Kittel
A Source-Based Description of Town Ball Play
Early Championships by Larry McCray
What Was Rounders, Anyway? by Larry McCray, Jeffrey Kittel
A Source-Based Description of Rounders Play
The Next Destin'd Post, January 2013 by Larry McCray
Next Destin'd Post, April 2013 by Larry McCray
The Next Destin'd Post, June 2013 by Larry McCray
Next Destin'd Post, August 2013 by Larry McCray
Protoball Search Aid by Larry McCray
Version 1.1
Playing to Win by Larry McCray
Playing to win vs. playing just for fellowship or exercise
Gambling's Role by Larry McCray
Was local gambling an essential factor in the diffusion of the game?
Club Makeup by Larry McCray
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 by Larry McCray
How do we explain the observed patterns of local propagation of base ball . . . population shifts, transportation technologies, news media effects, etc.
The Big Tours by Larry McCray
Were the broad regional tours by famous clubs an important part of base ball’s local appeal?
Predecessor Pastimes by Larry McCray
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 by Larry McCray
Is it clear who profited from the growth of the game in your area? Did that affect the game on the field? How?
Accounts by Larry McCray
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 by Larry McCray
What other pastimes, if any, rivaled early base ball . . . and is it clear why base ball seemed to win out over them?
Media Effects by Larry McCray
The galvanizing role of local and of distant news coverage, if any
Uniforms by Larry McCray
Early uniforms and their significance (1st round completed August 2014)
Emperics by Larry McCray
Wicket Ball by Larry McCray
The Massachusetts Game by Larry McCray
NER Project Overview by Larry McCray
Search Terms by Larry McCray
Old old games by Larry McCray

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When not wrestling with the new Protoball website, Larry McCray has been attending once again to cutting into the backlog of information sent to the site for uploading.  A member of the MLB Origins Committee, he coordinated an informal but spirited effort to gather and interpret new data on the spread of base ball across the United States. 

 Larry McCray participated in several short articles in the Special Protoball Issue of Base Ball this spring. He also served as Guest Editor of the issue:

  • "16<a title="1621 -- Pilgrim Stoolball an the Profusion of American Safe-Haven Ballgames" href="1621_--_Pilgrim_Stoolball_an_the_Profusion_of_American_Safe-Haven_Ballgames">21 -- Pilgrim Stoolball an the Profusion of American Safe-Haven Ballgames</a>."  Base Ball. 5(1): 10 -16 (with Brian Turner).
  • "<a title="1672 -- The Amazing Francis Willughby, and the Role of Stoolball in the Evolution of Baseball and Cricket" href="1672_--_The_Amazing_Francis_Willughby,_and_the_Role_of_Stoolball_in_the_Evolution_of_Baseball_and_Cricket">1672 -- The Amazing Francis Willughby, and the Role of Stoolball in the Evolution of Baseball and Cricket</a>."  Base Ball. 5(1): 17-20. 
  • "1<a title="1829 -- The Rise and Fall of New England-Style Ballplaying" href="1829_--_The_Rise_and_Fall_of_New_England-Style_Ballplaying">829 -- The Rise and Fall of New England-Style Ballplaying</a>."  Base Ball. 5(1):   69 - 72. 
  •  "<a title="1830 -- Thoreau's Diary Entry and Other Tiny Clues as to Who Played Early Ball" href="1830_--_Thoreau%27s_Diary_Entry_and_Other_Tiny_Clues_as_to_Who_Played_Early_Ball">1830 -- Thoreau's Diary Entry and Other Tiny Clues as to Who Played Early Ball</a>."  Base Ball. 5(1):  73 - 76.
  • "<a title="1845 -- The Knickerbocker Rules, and the Long History of the One-Bounce Fielding Rule" href="1845_--_The_Knickerbocker_Rules,_and_the_Long_History_of_the_One-Bounce_Fielding_Rule">1845 -- The Knickerbocker Rules, and the Long History of the One-Bounce Fielding Rule</a>."  Base Ball. 5(1): 93 - 97. 
  • "<a title="1856 -- The New York Game in 1856: Poised for a National Launch" href="1856_--_The_New_York_Game_in_1856:_Poised_for_a_National_Launch">1856 -- The New York Game in 1856: Poised for a National Launch</a>."  Base Ball. 5(1): 114 - 117 (with Craig Waff).
  • "<a title="1859 -- State Championship Wicket Game in Connecticut: A Hearty Hurrah for a Doomed Pastime" href="1859_--_State_Championship_Wicket_Game_in_Connecticut:_A_Hearty_Hurrah_for_a_Doomed_Pastime">1859 -- State Championship Wicket Game in Connecticut: A Hearty Hurrah for a Doomed Pastime</a>."  Base Ball. 5(1): 132 - 135. 

Larry has put an initial Glossary of Games onto the Protoball website.  This primitive listing includes about 120 distinct games, and names of games, of potential interest to those contemplating the full range of baseball-like games.  Corrections and additions (Tom Altherr tipped us off on the game of Chermany, said to resemble baseball, found in Virginia and the south) are welcome. Most of the games entail safe-haven bases.

Larry is succeeding Mike Ross as chair of SABR’s Committee on the Origins of Baseball.  Mike has led the SABR-UK chapter for many years, including its creative early examination of the British roots of baseball in the 1990s.

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