But Didn't We Have Fun?: An Informal History of Baseball's Pioneer Era, 1843-1870
About the Book
The story of baseball in America begins not with the fabled Abner Doubleday but with a generation of mid-nineteenth-century Americans who moved from the countryside to the cities and brought a cherished but delightfully informal game with them. BUT DIDN'T WE HAVE FUN? will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about baseball's origins. Peter Morris, author of the prizewinning A GAME OF INCHES, takes a fresh look at the early amateur years of the game. Mr. Morris retrieves a lost era and a lost way of life. Offering a challenging new perspective on baseball's earliest years, and conveying the sense of delight that once pervaded the game and its players, Mr. Morris supplants old myths with a story just as marvelous --- but one that really happened. With 25 rare photographs and drawings.