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Hershberger. Richard (2014) ""The Creation of the Alexander Cartwright Myth"." Baseball Research Journal.
Thorn, John (2015) "The Making of a New York Folk Hero". 2. (Up-to-date reflections on how and why Abner Doubleday and Alexander Cartwright seem to have been accorded inventor status for base ball, which, evidence increasingly shows, actually progressed by incremental evolutionary means.)
Chadwick, H. (1868) 'Balls Days' in the Year AD 1858. The Game of Base Ball. Columbia, SC, Camden House: 178-181.
Anson, A. C. (1900) A Ball Player’s Career. Chicago, Era Publishing. (reprinted by Amereon, 1993.)
Zinn, John () A Manly Pastime -- A Blog by John Zinn. (John Zinn is compiling accounts of base ball in all of New Jersey up to 1870. He periodically posts essays on what he is finding on this site. He is now completing his search of all recorded NJ newspaper coverage in this era.)
read online: http://amanlypastime.blogspot.com/
Dulles, F. R. (1940) America Learns to Play: A History of Popular Recreation 1607-1940Country=. New York, Appleton-Century.
read online: http://archive.org/stream/americalearnstop007872mbp
Johnson, Drew (2013) America's 50th Home Run. Vimeo. (A 45-minute film on the history of base ball in Hawaii.)
read online: https://vimeo.com/83943744
Spalding, A. G. (1911) America’s National Game: Historic Facts Concerning the Beginnings, Evolution, Development and Popularity of Base Ball. New York, American Sports Publishing Company. (reprinted by University of Nebraska Press, 1992)
Blaine, D. P. (1840) An Encyclopedia of Rural Sports. London, A. Stottswoods.
Read, W. W. (1897) Annals of Cricket. Sampson, Low, Marston.
Palmer, H. C., et al. (1889) Athletic Sports in America, England, and Australia. W. A. Houghton.
Presbey, F. (1901) Athletics at Princeton: A History. New York, Frank Presbrey Company.
Mayhew/Baker, e. (1858) Base BallCountry=. A Manual of Cricket and Base Ball, With Rules and Regulations Illustrated. Boston, Mayhew and Baker: 20 - 24.
read online: http://www.archive.org/stream/manualofcricketb00bost
Roff, E. (1912) Base ball and base ball players. Chicago, E. A. Roff.
Camp, W. (1889) "Base-Ball for the Spectator." The Century. 38: 831-838.
Ward, J. M. (1888) Base-ball: How to Become a Player. Philadelphia, The Athletic Publishing Company. (SABR reprint, 1993)
Knowles, R. G., and Richard Morton (1896) Baseball in America. Baseball: The "Oval" Series of Games. London, George Routledge and Sons, Ltd: 82 ff.
Peverelly, C. (1866) Book of American Pastimes, Containing a History of the Principal Base Ball, Cricket, Rowing and Yachting Clubs of the United States. New York, privately printed. (reprinted in 2005 as Peverelly's National Game, John Freyer and Mark Rucker, eds., Arcadia)
Macgregor, R. R. (1879) Early Forms of Cricket 39. Belgravia. 450-456. (Braddon, M. ed.)
Routledge, E., ed. (1881) Every Boy's Book; A Complete Encyclopedia of Sports and Amusements. London, George Routledge and Sons. (Fourteenth Edition; First edition 1841)
Hazlitt, W. C. (1905) Faiths and Folklore: A Dictionary of National Beliefs, Superstitions and Popular Customs. London, Reeves and Turner.
read online: http://archive.org/stream/popularantiquit01branuoft
Newell, W. W. (1883) Games and Songs of American Children. New York, Dover. (1963 reprint)
Anon (2009) History of Baseball in Portland OR. (An East Portland club that formed in May 1866 was the first club in the Pacific NW. The narrative then skips to the first pro team in 1883.)
Anon () Juab County (UT) Information for Students. (This site describes a 5-hour game played by teams of nine in October 1875. The players had send to New York for a rule book, but played before the book arrived. The score of the game was 87-17. The winning team was to receive a "quarter of beef." This game was said to have been the first played in Utah, and likely the first west of the Mississippi. No sources for the account are given.)
Mears, C. D. (1853) Mears Baseball Scrapbooks.
Harris, Rick (2014) Newport Baseball History: America's Pastime by the Sea.. History Press. (The story of baseball in Newport, Rhode Island. Protoball doesn't yet know how much of the book treats the Origins Era, up through 1871.)
Brand, J. (1900) Observations on the Popular Antiquities of Great Britain: The Origins of our Vulgar and Provincial Customs, Ceremonies and Superstitions. London, George Bell and Sons.
Lovett, J. D. W. (1907) Old Boston Boys and the Games They Played. Boston, Riverside Press: Chapter XII, 125-132.
Smith, C. (1867) Popular Pastimes for Field and Fireside. Milton Bradley.
Harris, Rick (2008) Rhode Island Baseball: The Early Years. Book. History Press. (Most of the book's coverage of the Origins Era are in Chapter 1 ("Before Baseball"), pages 21-26, and Chapter 2 ("Notes on the Development of the National Pastime"), pages 27 - 37.)
Richter, F. (1914) Richter’s History and Records of Base Ball: The American Nation’s Chief Sport. Philadelphia, Dando. (Reprinted by McFarland, 2005)
McCulloch, J. (1895) Sixty Years of Canadian Cricket Toronto. Bryant Publishing.
Wister, W. R. (1904) Some Reminiscences of Cricket in Philadelphia Before 1861. Philadelphia.
Camp, W. (1910) "The American National Game: Professional and College Base-Ball in the Making." Century. 79: 936-948.
Bryan Curtis (2013) The Baseball Archaeologist. In Search of Baseball's Holy Grail: How One Man is Re-writing the History of the Game -- One Diary at a Time. Grantland (ESPN Internet Ventures). (Published September 18, 2013.)
Birdsall, R. R. (1917) The Birthplace of Base Ball. The Story of Cooperstown. Cooperstown, NY, The Arthur Christ Co: 247-257.
Barbour, R. H. (1904) The Book of School and College Sports. New York, D. Appleton and Company.
Gould, S. J. (1989) The Creation Myths of Cooperstown. Natural History. 14-24.
Pycroft, J. (1854) The Cricket Field. London, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans.
Hutchinson, H. G. (1893) "The Evolution of Games at Ball." The Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature. 57: 831 ff.
Chadwick, H. (1868) The Game of Baseball: How to Learn It, How to Play It, How to Teach It, with Sketches of Noted Players. New York, George Munro. (Reprinted by Camden House, Columbia SC, 1983)
Fred H. Harrison (1983) The Hard-Ball Game. Phillips Academy. (This is chapter 2 of Harrison's Athletics for All: Physical Education and Athletics at Phillips Academy 1778-1978 (Phillips Academy, 1984). It describes ballplaying at the Academy from 1811 to 1878.)
Casey, H. J. (1912) "The History of Baseball: The Spectacular Career of America’s Foremost Game." Baseball Magazine. 8: 21 ff.
Phelps-Stokes, I. N. (1915) The Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1915 - 1928Country=. New York, Robert H. Dodd. (reprinted in 1967 by Amo)
Thorn, John (2018) The Laws of baseball . . .and the "Unchanging Game".
Seymour, G. D. (1909) The Old-Time Game of Wicket and Some Old-Time Wicket Players. 2. Papers and Addresses of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut. 269-303.
Strutt, J. (1801) The Sports and Pastimes of the People of England. London, Methuen.
Gomme, A. B. (1964) The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland, Volume 2. New York, Dover. (reprint -- original publication 1898)
read online: http://archive.org/stream/traditionalgames02gommuoft
Gomme, A. B. (1894) Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland, Volume 1. London, David Nutt.
Anon. (1912) "Who Started Baseball? A Word on the Origins of the National Game." Baseball. 8: 71-72.