-Touching Second


A collaboration between sports journalist Hugh Fullerton and Chicago Cubs player John Evers, this work seeks to provide a textbook for fans both young and old. While the text is largely written by Fullerton, who drew on newspaper articles he had published, Evers provided an internal perspective on the game and worked to correct any errors in Fullerton’s description of the sport. As a history, this work reinforces the myth of baseball’s creation by Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, NY. This book also stands out due to the scientific focus it gives baseball, examining the geometric configuration of the field and players with visual models. Fullerton was a founding member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America and became famous for his reporting of the Black Sox scandal. He is played by Studs Terkel in the film Eight Men Out, also on display in this exhibit.

A gift from Mrs T. Lorraine Graber at the bequest of Dr. Ralph Graber.

John J. Evers and Hugh S. Fullerton
Touching Second; the science of baseball, the history of the national game; its development into an exact mathematical sport; records of great plays and players; anecdotes and incidents of decisive struggles on the diamond; signs and systems used by championship teams.
Chicago: Reilly & Britton Company, 1910.

Lehigh University Catalog Record: https://asa.lib.lehigh.edu/Record/10934609

A version of this text has been digitized and is available through the Internet Archive.

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