Recommended Reading

Baseball:

Morris, Peter. A Game of Inches: The Game Behind the Scenes: The Stories Behind the Innovations That Shaped Baseball (Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2006).

Morris, Peter. A Game of Inches: The Game on the Field: The Stories Behind the Innovations That Shaped Baseball (Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2005).

Morris, Peter. Catcher: How the Man Behind the Plate Became an American Folk Hero (Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2009).

Nucciarone, Monica. Alexander Cartwright: The Life Behind the Baseball Legend (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2009).

Peterson, Robert W. Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams (New York: Gramercy Books, 1999).

Ryczek, William J. Baseball’s First Inning: A History of the National Pastime Through the Civil War (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009).

Ryczek, William J. Blackguards and Red Stockings: A History of Baseball’s National Association (Wallingford, CT: Colebrook Press, 1999).

Ryczek, William J. When Johnny Came Sliding Home: The Post-Civil War Baseball Boom, 1865-1870 (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1998).

Seymour, Harold. Baseball: The Early Years (New York: Oxford University Press, 1960).

Spink, Alfred H. The National Game (St. Louis: National Game Publishing Co., 1910).

Thorn, John. Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011).

Wright, Marshall D. The National Association of Base Ball Players, 1857-1870. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2000).

 

Basketball:

Peterson, Robert W. Cages to Jump Shots: Pro Basketball’s Early Years (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990).

Pluto, Terry. Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990).

 

Boxing:

Mee, Bob. Bare Fists: The History of Bare-Knuckle Prize-Fighting (Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press, 2001).

 

Football:

Peterson, Robert W. Pigskin: The Early Years of Pro Football (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997).

Professional Football Researchers Association. The Early History of Professional Football (Warminster, PA: PFRA Football Publications, 2011).