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The History of Early American Baseball with John Horrigan

Updated: Jun 18, 2022

In case you missed last night's lecture with John Horrigan you can watch it here.


Five-time Boston/New England Emmy Award-winning folklorist John Horrigan explores the origins of baseball and presents a Boston-themed chronology of the greatest teams of the 19th century and the early 20th century including:


Pittsfield Baseball Bylaw of 1791 Rounders, Town Ball and the Doubleday Myth The Dedham Rules and Baseball on the Boston Common (1858) First Collegiate Baseball Game Harvard vs. Yale (1868) The undefeated 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings The first professional baseball game in 1871 The 12 Championship Seasons of the Boston Red Stockings, Red Caps, and Beaneaters Stars of the early Negro Leagues Old Boston baseball stadiums The Great South End Grounds Fire of 1894 (which began during a Red Sox/Orioles game) The First World Series (1903) The 1912 World Series (Smoky Joe Wood vs. Christy Mathewson) The 1914 Miracle Boston Braves Babe Ruth's Red Sox champions of 1915, 1916 and 1918 The Black Sox scandal of 1919 (conspired in Boston's Hotel Buckminster).







This program is supported by a grant from the Bridge Street Fund, a special initiative of Mass Humanities.




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