Tom Altherr, January 2008

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Tom has revised a paper he presented at NASSH in 2006 (“Chucking the Old Apple: Recent Discoveries in Pre-1839 North American Ball Games History”) for possible publication. His 2007 contribution at theCooperstown symposium is based on further research and more theoretical speculations why baseball emerged in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It may appear in the next biennial anthology.  After his week in Cooperstown, Tom spent a very solid week researching at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester.  This has all led him to see a possible book on all pre-1840 North American games – base ball and beyond -- played with a ball.

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