In the spring of 1865, the first spring after the end of the Civil War, three baseball clubs were founded in downtown Columbus. This local enthusiasm for the game reflected the national trend during the post-war era, when baseball, or qbase ballq as it was called, was spreading rapidly throughout the United States. Baseball in Columbus begins with these earliest baseball pioneers and tells the story of the national pastime in the capital city right up to the present-day Columbus Clippers of the International League. Columbus first made the qbig leaguesq in 1883 with the Columbus Buckeyes of the American Association, and local fans have embraced the city's teams and players ever since. Several of baseball's greats once wore a Columbus uniform during their minor league careers, including Enos Slaughter, Joe Garagiola, Harvey Haddix, Willie Stargell, Derek Jeter, and Bernie Williams.Kobinson 7, Wright 10, Fox fi, Studley 77Fletcher 11, Smith 9, Berthrtmg 8, Williams 6a total by National, 73. ... The best players in the country were attracted to clubs like the Nationals by salaries or by aquot;jobsaquot; for which no work was requiredanbsp;...
|Title||:||Baseball in Columbus|
|Author||:||James R. Tootle|
|Publisher||:||Arcadia Publishing - 2002-11-01|