Mark Brunke

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First Name Mark
Last Name Brunke
Location Seattle
Regional Focus Washington State
Tags Local-Origins Project Member
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The Spread of Base Ball in the Pacific Northwest by Mark Brunke
Ten-Position Base Ball by Mark Brunke

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Mark Brunke continues to collect information on very early ballplaying in Sacramento, Seattle, and Victoria British Columbia.  He is finding that some early pioneers in that region played both base ball and cricket, at first. 

A new voice in Origins research, Mark Brunke last year volunteered to coordinate an effort within SABR’s Pacific Northwest chapter to fill in an almost completely blank map of the first modern games in that area.  “What I like about baseball history is how it fits into American history, and how it illuminates and questions the past,” he explains.  Mark, who works in Human Resources  and has pursued painting, music, and filmmaking as well as baseball, is presently putting together a history of pre-professional base ball in the Seattle area. 

Mark’s January comprehensive presentation to the Pac Northwest chapter on findings to date is found at:

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