- Playing for Keeps: A History of Early Baseball. 1989; Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009.
- New York Crystal Palace (1853) Bard Digital Publication
- “Who Should Own Photos of Slaves?”
Suggested Reading For Those Interested
- Juneteenth: The Joy of Freedom
- Photography and the American Civil War
- Lola Montez Part I, Part II, Part III
- Baseball and the Civil War
Multimedia for Days of Rest: Congo Square and Central Park
Multimedia for Photography History
Please watch these videos so you understand what a daguerreotype is, how they are made, and the immediate photography technologies that came after compared to lithography (that we’ve encountered so far on sheet music covers and image reproduction in printed texts).
Image 1: The Miner’s Lamentation
Image 2: Malakoff Diggings, Nevada County, California (Courtesy of Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley)
Image 3: Malakoff Diggings. North Bloomfield Gravel Mining Co. Process of separating the ore from earth. [California.] Watkins’ Pacific Coast. (Courtesy of Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley).
Image 4: Chinese Gold Miners at Head of Auburn Ravine, 1852. Cased photographs selected from the collections of the California History Section of the California State Library.
Image 5: In Auburn Ravine, 1852. (California State Library)
Image 6: Six miners with rocker, wheelbarrows, picks, shovels and gold pans. Men stopping work to pose at the mining site. Two display gold pans, one carries buckets balanced from a bar across his shoulders. Several rockers or “cradles” are also displayed. (1850). (Courtesy of Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley)
Image 7: Nisenan Indian With Arrows (1850-1860) Daguerreotype (From the Braun Research Library, Autry National Center; 1346.G.1)
Mini Precept Assignment
In Warren Goldstein’s introduction to “Playing for Keeps: A History of Early Baseball” he describes a unique complication in writing sports history–especially baseball history–that a historian has to balance with the “two very different kinds of histories: one linear, chronological, and cumulative, the other cyclical, generational, and repetitive.” After reading “Playing for Keeps” identify three things that changed over time in baseball’s history and three things that do seem to be cyclical or generationally the same. Explore this tension in a two-paragraph response.
Guided Reading Questions
- How does gender play into early baseball history? What role did women play in this early era of baseball?
- What is the fly rule controversy? Why the change?
- Who is left out of this story by focusing only on early history? What surprised you about this account of baseball?
- What changes with the shift from amateurs to professionals?
- This question was submitted to me by a former student, but I think it’s an interesting one to discuss while grounded in historical precedent: “Goldstein’s account of the progressions of professional baseball shows how economic opportunism grew simultaneously with fandom, creating a need for increased professionalism instead of the typical club amateur skilled-workers that comprised most teams. This same effect has happened in other sports and – more importantly – has permeated its way to all levels of sports, especially at the collegiate level. Do college athletes deserve to be paid because of the ever-increasing professionalism demanded of them and the way schools profit off their games?”