What are these people waiting to do?
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What happens here?
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Is this picture related to the other two?
Why or why not?
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The Ball Game
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Baseball in Turn of the Century
What do we know?
What do we know from reading the book
Honus and Me by Dan Gutman?
What do we know from our previous
knowledge of the history of baseball?
In this unit you will become aware of how
baseball impacted life in turn of the
We will view primary sources on the
Library of Congress website that
document baseball and culture during the
1880s to 1920s.
Brief History of Baseball
At the end of the Civil War there were more
people playing baseball than ever before.
Up to 1869, baseball teams were comprised of
In 1869 the Cincinnati Red Stockings became
the first all professional team and were
This was the rise of the professional clubs over
In 1871 the National Association became the
first professional league.
Baseball Cards are almost
as old as baseball itself.
Originally baseball cards
were only available by
By viewing old baseball
cards we can get a sense
of the early game of
baseball and its ‘stars’.
Questions to ponder
Who were the people playing
How old were they?
Where did they live and work?
Were they all white men?
How does the rise of baseball
reflect life during the turn of
What can we learn about life
at the turn of the century from
these baseball artifacts?
Is the Honus Wagner card in
the Library of Congress
collection? Why or Why not?
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What do we want to Learn?
What do we want to learn about baseball,
its influence in history, and life at the turn
of the century?
Where can we go?
Library of Congress Website
Baseball Cards 1887 -1914
Touring Turn of the Century America
Spalding Base Ball Guides
America at Leisure
National Baseball Hall of Fame
Now Go Play Ball!
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