Derby Gisclair - EARLY BASEBALL IN NEW ORLEANS

Please join us for a presentation and signing with S. Derby Gisclair celebrating the launch of his book, Early Baseball in New Orleans: A History of 19th Century Play.

In the 1800s, New Orleans’ local economy evolved from rural-agrarian into urban-industrial. With this transformation came newfound leisure time, which birthed the concept of organized sport. Though first considered a game for children, baseball became New Orleans’ most popular pastime, and by 1859, numerous baseball clubs had been established in the city. This book traces the development of baseball in New Orleans from its earliest recorded games in 1859 through the end of the 19th century, with a particular focus on the New Orleans Pelicans.

S. Derby Gisclair is a local sports historian and author living in New Orleans.  His essay “The Sporting Life” was featured in New Orleans & The World: 1718-2018. He has written extensively on the history of baseball, boxing, and horse racing for 64 Parishes (formerly Louisiana Cultural Vistas) and New Orleans Magazine, and is a frequent contributor to the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ online encyclopedia on Sports & Recreation.

Event date: 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Ocravia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115
Early Baseball in New Orleans: A History of 19th Century Play Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781476677811
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: McFarland & Company - March 2019

In the 1800s, New Orleans' local economy evolved from rural-agrarian into urban-industrial. With this transformation came newfound leisure time, which birthed the concept of organized sport. Though first considered a game for children, baseball became New Orleans' most popular pastime, and by 1859, numerous baseball clubs had been established in the city.


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