Houston is no newcomer to baseball.
The earliest ball clubs in what is now the metropolitan
area were formed the same year as the first
club in St. Louis and Milwaukee and only months
after the first base ball club in Cincinnati.
Imported by young men from New York City and
other points northeastward in the late 1850s,
baseball could even be found along Buffalo Bayou
during the heat of the Civil War, played by
Union prisoners from Galveston.
As Reconstruction came and went,
baseball flourished. Teams could be seen on
every vacant lot, and real fields with grandstands
began to pop up around the area. By the 1880s,
the top teams in town had added professional
players, and before the decade was out the state
had a league of its own.
This new book covers 19th century
baseball in Houston in far more detail than
has ever been studied, but that is just barely
the start. There is rich history of every aspect
of the game in the Bayou City up until the moment
that the Colt .45s started Major League play
It is all part of Houston Baseball,
The Early Years. Richly illustrated and
expertly told, it is a story for all fans of
Houston baseball and Houston history. To learn
more about the book visit the website www.houstonbaseball.org.