smithsonian: design of the game

smithsonian-vintage-baseball-1Smithsonian magazine has stepped up to the plate, and published three nice articles about baseball equipment:

A Brief History of the Baseball – 28 June 2013

The Past and Future of the Baseball Bat – 2 July 2013

The Invention of the Baseball Mitt – 16 July 2013

The Smithsonian has published a number of good pieces on baseball, including the book, Smithsonian Baseball: Inside the World’s Finest Private Collections, which I took out of the library earlier this year. (I thought it a bit odd that the book focused on things in private collections, rather than in the Smithsonian. I don’t see that they’ve published anything about holdings in their collection. The Library of Congress, though, has published Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress, which was also a fun book to read.) Anyway these little articles on baseballs, bats, and gloves are well written, informative (I’d thought Banana Bats would be flying from tree to tree), and have great illustrations!

baseball - spalding ad- 1878Thanks, Smithsonian!

 

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