My name is Steve Scarpa. I am a lifelong Elm City guy and a recovering journalist. Don Mattingly was my favorite as a kid, I think the 1996 Yankees could slaughter the current crop of players, and there aren’t enough books in the world for me these days.
I’ve written about sports all throughout my varied journalism career. I’ve spoken to a major league pitcher making a difference (Making a Pitch for Life, June 09, New Haven), to a young hockey player getting his first shot at the big time (Living the Dream, March 2009, New Haven Magazine, and journeyed back into history to take a pulse of a local Hall of Famer (The Spitball Wizard, Meriden Record-Journal).
A word about the research methodology on this blog. In no way should the facts here be considered comprehensive in any way – I am relying on the microfilm archives of the 1875 New Haven Daily Palladium and New Haven Evening Register, found in the Ives branch of the New Haven Free Public Library. I also have found information about the club in the New York Times archives, Boston Globe archives, and in the online newspaper records of the Library of Congress. The Connecticut State Library is a great online resource. Baseball-Reference.com is invaluable for statistical research. I am also using Paul Batesel’s Players and Teams of the of the National Association, 1871-1875, a great source for biographical information. David Arcidiacono’s overview, Major League Baseball in Gilded Age Connecticut, was also a good read. When I do come across research about the topic online, I make sure to credit and link to the appropriate websites.
I’ve on augmented my research with some biographical information from the Baseball Hall of Fame’s research library. I also have a ton of my own books, which I refer to on occasion.
Think of what you read here as first hand skeletal research, with a bit of my own meanderings for good measure.
I also want to thank the writer of the baseball blog The Greatest 21 Days, whomever he is. That project, the well-researched, well-written nature of it, encouraged me to tackle this one.
New Haven Daily Palladium, 1875.
New Haven Register, 1875.
David Arcidiacono, “Major League Baseball in Gilded Age Connecticut,” McFarland and Co, Inc., 2010.
Paul Batesel, “Players and Teams of the National Association: 1871-1875,” McFarland and Co., 2012.
Bill James, “The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract,” The Free Press, 2001.
Peter Morris, “A Game of Inches: The Story Behind The Innovations That Shaped Baseball,” Ivan R. Dee, 2010.
Peter Morris, “Catcher: How the Man Behind the Plate Became an American Folk Hero,” Ivan R. Dee, 2010
David Nemec, “Major League Baseball Profiles: 1871-1900,” Volumes I-II, University of Nebraska Press, 2011.
Harold Seymour, “Baseball: The Early Years,” Oxford University Press, 1960.
Mike Shatzkin, ed., “The Ballplayers,” William Morrow and Company, 1990.
John Thorn, “Baseball in the Garden of Eden,” Simon and Schuster, 2012.
Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, “Baseball: An Illustrated History,” Knopf, 1994.