Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr. (1820-92) was present during the organization of the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York in the mid-1800s. That much is certain. Since that time, Cartwright has been celebrated as the founder of our national pastime, much like Abner Doubleday. As with Doubleday, however, Cartwright's claim to fame has also spawned all sorts of conjecture and controversy. His complex life, not just the mythography surrounding him, comes clearly into focus in Monica Nucciarone's biography of the incomparable Cartwright.
Nucciarone traces Cartwright's path from Elysian Fields in New Jersey to a gold-rush adventure in California, and on to Honolulu, where he became involved in the movement to annex Hawaii to the United States. Beginning with the widely held notion that Cartwright created the game of baseball as we know it today, then spread it across North America to Hawaii like a Johnny Appleseed, Nucciarone's book separates fact from speculation. Although the picture that emerges may not be the Alexander Cartwright of legend, it shows us a man as colorful, complicated, and immense in character as any legend he inspired.
Monica Nucciarone is a professor and faculty counselor advisor at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Washington and teaches part-time in the field of social sciences and career development. John Thorn is the official historian for Major League Baseball.
Foreword Acknowledgements Introduction: A Baseball Diamond at Madison Square Part 1. A Legendary Life 1. Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr. and Nineteenth-Century New York 2. The Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York 3. The Rush for Gold 4. The Allure of Paradise 5. An American in Kamehameha's Kingdom 6. America's National Pastime in Hawaii 7. Cartwright and the Monarchy in the 1860s and 1870s 8. Annexation and the Hawaiian League 9. Spalding Comes to Hawaii 10. The Death of Cartwright, a King, and a Kingdom Part 2. The Mythography of a Man 11. "Dear Old Knickerbockers" 12. "Baseball on Murray Hill" 13. "On Mountain and Prairie" 14. "On the Sunny Plains of Hawaii nei" 15. Baseball and the "Family Lare" Conclusion: Alexander Cartwright, Father of Modern Baseball* Notes Bibliography Index