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(io9)   In 1889, a group of American baseball players attempted to give the Sphinx a black eye with baseball bats   (io9.com) divider line 15
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2012-08-20 05:04:03 PM
Baeball bats Subby? FTA:

The All-Stars and White Stockings had a contest to see who could give the Sphinx a "black eye." They all took turns flinging a baseball at the face of the Sphinx in an attempt to hit its eye.
 
2012-08-20 07:24:29 PM
Chicago White Stockings? I thought it was the Boston Red Panties.
 
2012-08-20 08:12:23 PM
Or, you know, you could just go read the book that actually documents the 1889 world tour of baseball players instead of whatever other book io9 was paid to hawk.
 
2012-08-20 08:13:47 PM
Helps if you remember the link.

Link
 
2012-08-20 08:35:20 PM
i72.photobucket.com

My ex-girlfriend was very sexy. She reminded me of the Sphinx because she was very mysterious and eternal and solid...and her nose was shot off by French soldiers.
 
2012-08-20 09:14:04 PM
I'm the author of "The Tour to End All Tours" How io9 found my book I have no idea but I paid them nothing. They linked to the Google books version of my book. The version that Google pirated without giving me or my publisher a dime. Remember when they said their goal was to not be evil? They lied!

Anyway the 1889=90 guys behaved like jerks everywhere. The White Stoking brought along their African American mascot. For kicks they dragged him through the streets of Cairo in a catcher's mask.

The 1913-1914 Tour featured Jim Thorpe and was a whole lot more civil.
 
2012-08-20 09:24:05 PM
That White stockings not Stoking.

Mark Lamster's book is probably the definitive history of Spalding's tour although several fine books have been written about it.

Link

My book is the only book written about the 1913-1914 tour which went to more countries and had some genuine all stars like Sam Crawford and Tris Speaker participate. The earlier tour left such a bad taste in the throats of John McGraw and Charles Comiskey that they pulled their resources and put on their own tour, Comiskey and McGraw were totally different types of men. The could never be friends but they both despised Spalding with the intensity of a white hot sun. They wanted to put together a better tour than he did and they did.

My Book:
Link
 
2012-08-20 09:51:39 PM

Delawheredad: My Book:
Link


Thanks for sharing the info. It isn't every day that I find another Delawarean interested in early baseball history. Besides your book (which I will be buying shortly), do you have any recommendations for books from the 1880-1920 range?
 
2012-08-20 10:11:17 PM
No offense meant, Delawheredad. I realize that my post could be construed as a badmouth to the author, it was meant more as a badmouth to io9. I will have to pick up your book as well, I am a sucker for baseball history.
 
2012-08-20 10:26:44 PM
Alessandro

Books I like are :"The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It" .

Link

A lot of folks consider this the best baseball book ever written.

My personal favorite is "The Pitch That Killed" by Mike Sowell which tells the story of Carl Mays beaning and killing Ray Chapman during the intense American League pennant race of 1920. One of the most hated men in baseball just happened to kill one of the most beloved. It is unbelievably moving and very sad.

Link

For How things were run There is a book by Robert Smith who was an old time team executive. He takes you to the behind the scenes things like travel and running a team during the deadball era through the twenties called "Baseball in the Afternoon".

Link

If you want to read one of the finest baseball novels ever there is "The Celebrant" by Rolfe Greenberg

Link


It tells the fictional story of a family of immigrant Jews who become involved with the Giants Of Christy Mathewson and John McGraw.
It is very evocative of the era.

That should do for starters
 
2012-08-20 10:29:06 PM
Astroman

No offence taken. i can see how you could view it that way..
 
2012-08-21 12:07:40 AM

Delawheredad: I'm the author of "The Tour to End All Tours" How io9 found my book I have no idea but I paid them nothing. They linked to the Google books version of my book. The version that Google pirated without giving me or my publisher a dime. Remember when they said their goal was to not be evil? They lied!

Anyway the 1889=90 guys behaved like jerks everywhere. The White Stoking brought along their African American mascot. For kicks they dragged him through the streets of Cairo in a catcher's mask.

The 1913-1914 Tour featured Jim Thorpe and was a whole lot more civil.


I just looked for this on Barnes & Noble for my Nook, but no dice. Do I gotta go to Amazon to buy it? I won't do the Google if they're ripping you off.

/baseball forever!
 
2012-08-21 12:12:15 AM
I have exactly two copies left that I sell for way less than the retail price. If you want one of those e-mail me at delawheredad@yahoo,com.
That's two copies left. I do need to buy more and i will.
 
2012-08-21 12:28:13 AM

Delawheredad: I have exactly two copies left that I sell for way less than the retail price. If you want one of those e-mail me at delawheredad@yahoo,com.
That's two copies left. I do need to buy more and i will.


Expect an e-mail from me after payday. Don't hold a copy for me as things are in flux here, and I may not be able to come through in a timely fashion. However I WILL pay retail price. I respect and wish to honor what you do. I already had you favorited but had to change your FARKie to reflect this new information. :)

/B&N had NONE of the books you recommended
//if it isn't by Stephen King, ya gotta go somewhere else
 
2012-08-21 07:16:50 AM
Anybody click through to Jose conseco's time travel blog post? Is that really his? Farking hysterical.
 
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