Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told Through Baseball by Josh Wilker

By Josh Wilker

Cardboard Gods is the memoir of Josh Wilker, a super author who has marked the levels of his lifestyles during the baseball playing cards he accumulated as a toddler. It additionally captures the adventure of growing to be up captivated with baseball playing cards and explores what it skill to be keen on the sport. alongside the best way, as we get to grasp Josh, his relatives, and his neighbors, we additionally get Josh’s vintage observations in regards to the vital artifacts from his lifestyles: the baseball playing cards themselves. Josh writes approximately an imagined correspondence along with his favourite participant, Carl Yastrzemski; he makes use of the paranormal bubble-blowing powers of journeyman Kurt Bevacqua to make clear the weakening of the robust adolescence bond along with his older brother; he considers the doomed utopian back-to-the-land goals of his hippie mom and dad opposed to the backdrop of inimitable Seventies baseball figures akin to “Designated Pinch Runner” Herb Washington and Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. Cardboard Gods is greater than simply the tale of a guy who can’t allow move of his earlier, it’s facts that — to paraphrase Jim Bouton — as little ones we develop up protecting baseball playing cards yet after all we become aware of that it’s rather the wrong way round.

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24 Reputedly the crowd then responded with cries of “No rounders! ” 25 Later in 1889 the book Athletic Sports appeared, with a focus on baseball and, in particular, Spalding’s world tour. The book’s first chapter was devoted to baseball’s beginnings, with writer W. I. Harris presenting a slightly more balanced approach to the controversy than either Ward or Mills. He wrote: “The origin of baseball is in dispute, and the question will probably never be positively settled. Several writers contend that it came from the old English game of ‘rounders,’ and there is some evidence to that effect.

The new research climate has yielded a number of important revelations. 58 This predated by more than twenty years the previously known record of such activity. 59 My own contribution was uncovering a set of detailed rules for a game called “English base-ball” that was published in a German book in the year 1796. This is the oldest known description of the game, and predates by more than thirty years the earliest known appearance of baseball rules in English. As these discoveries materialize one by one, they reveal that early baseball history remains a vast unfinished canvas.

8 One exception to this consensus appeared in the August 26, 1869, issue of The Nation. In an article extolling the National Pastime and comparing it to cricket, the author, A. H. 9 Instead of challenging Chadwick’s rounders theory, however, Sedgwick objected to the notion that baseball derived from cricket. ’ . . ” 10 Although Sedgwick’s viewpoint went largely unnoticed at the time, it is of some historical importance in that uncertaint y as to t he paternit y : : : 3 he was the first observer to suggest that baseball derived from the American “old-cat” games.

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