Baseball Magazine, 1908-1920
December 16, 2012 9:12 PM Subscribe
Baseball Magazine, founded by Jake Morse in 1908
, was the first monthly baseball magazine in the United States. The LA84 Foundation
has posted free online copies of the first thirteen years of Baseball Magazine
Some sample pieces (all links pdf):
"Baseball From The Outside," by Homer Croy:
"A few days ago I was talking to a Broadway theatrical star over a planked steak, discussing the whys and wherefores of life. Said this man who has his name in electric bulbs: “Everybody in this world of ours thinks he can do something besides the something that his hand is turned to. I don’t care whether you take Jim Jeffries, the Emperor of China, or the man who struck Billy Patterson—every single one of them down in his heart thinks he can either write, act, or play baseball. If you would take a canvass of the able-bodied men in the United States, you would find only about a half dozen who would admit that they did not believe they could play baseball. And if you would probe deep, these half dozen would admit that they had ambitions.”
"A Blind Pitcher"
"Pardee’s eyes failed him early in the spring. He didn’t dare to put on any glasses, as that, of course, would have given away his trouble to the management, and Al wanted to draw his pay as long as possible. The players soon got wise, but they were good fellows. They liked Pardee, and they all respected his wife, who was a big, strong girl, and such a wild fan that she used to thrash her husband any time a game was lost through his personal fault in pitching or fielding. So Pardee went on through the season, a blind man, just able to make out moving shapes, and seeing the players as gray blurs upon the scenery."
There was gridiron content, too, like "How Yale Deals With Beef and Brains," from the inaugural 1908 volume:
"I'll tell you what is the matter with football," he said to me one day, in aquerulous, complaining voice, "and it's this: a fellow has to be a Ph. D. to play it."