A Brief History of Tabletop Baseball
"Brief" by our long-winded standards, anyway -- but informative reading,
perhaps, for anyone new to the hobby, illustrated with dozens of photos,
and lightly seasoned with a few tips for vendors as well as collectors.
The Parlor Base Ball Games of McLoughlin Brothers
Game of Base-ball, Home Base Ball Game, The World's Game of Base Ball,
The Diamond Game of Base Ball, Zimmer's Own Base Ball Game, and
everything else we could dig up in order to show and tell the entire history of
the fabled McLoughlin Bros. Inc. and their line of base ball amusements.
Jim Prentice Electric Baseball
The story, as best as we can tell, of Jim Prentice, The Electric Game Company,
and the befuddling array of Electric Baseball versions and varieties
produced over the course of more than thirty years.
Fan Craze: The Mystery of Billy Owen
Our investigation into the true identity of the "phantom player" labelled "Billy Owen"
in the 1906 Fan Craze card game. Play along with us as we solve the mystery...
Baseball Game Advertising
No, not our classifieds section -- instead, a retrospective of
print advertisements and promotional ephemera for tabletop baseball games,
toys, and practise devices of the past, featuring ads for things from
every decade since the 1880s.
The traditional homemade game -- where it came from, and
the many different versions that have been and still are played.
Learn it... teach it... play it!
Plus, a bonus incoherent rant about the loss of family tradition!
Reprints, reproductions, fakes, fantasy pieces, and outright fraud
in the vintage games hobby -- rare, but unfortunately not unheard of.
An overview of what's been seen and what to look out for...
don't fall for a phony!
Negro League baseball in Buffalo
An extensive interview with Negro League star Jimmy Wilkes by the Buffalo News,
looking back on the days when the Indianapolis Clowns and a young Hank Aaron
called Buffalo's Offermann Stadium home. Also: a scrapbook of Negro League
clippings from 1952 and 1953 issues of the venerable African-American weekly,
the Buffalo Criterion.
Coming up next...
Home Run King: Japanese handheld pinball games