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A Ball Player's Career Being the Personal Experiences and Reminiscensces of Adrian C. Anson   By: (1852-1922)

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A BALL PLAYER'S CAREER

Being the PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND REMINISCENCES of ADRIAN C. ANSON Late Manager and Captain of the Chicago Base Ball Club

1900

To My Father Henry Anson of Marshalltown, Iowa, to whose early training and sound advice I owe my fame

CONTENTS

CHAP.

I. MY BIRTHPLACE AND ANCESTRY.

II. DAYS AT MARSHALLTOWN

III. SOME FACTS ABOUT THE NATIONAL GAME

IV. FURTHER FACTS AND FIGURES

V. THE GAME AT MARSHALLTOWN

VI. My EXPERIENCE AT ROCKFORD

VII. WITH THE ATHLETICS OF PHILADELPHIA

VIII. SOME MINOR DIVERSIONS

IX. WE BALL PLAYERS Go ABROAD

X. THE ARGONAUTS OF 1874

XI. I WIN ONE PRIZE AND OTHERS FOLLOW

XII. WITH THE NATIONAL LEAGUE

XIII. FROM FOURTH PLACE TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP

XIV. THE CHAMPIONS OF THE EARLY '80S

XV. WE FALL DOWN AND RISE AGAIN

XVI. BALL PLAYERS EACH AND EVERY ONE

XVII. WHILE FORTUNE FROWNS AND SMILES

XVIII. FROM CHICAGO TO DENVER

XIX. FROM DENVER TO SAN FRANCISCO

XX. TWO WEEKS IN CALIFORNIA

XXI. WE VISIT THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

XXII. FROM HONOLULU TO AUSTRALIA

XXIII. WITH OUR FRIENDS IN THE ANTIPODES

XXIV. BALL PLAYING AND SIGHT SEEING IN AUSTRALIA

XXV. AFLOAT ON THE INDIAN SEA

XXVI. FROM CEYLON TO EGYPT

XXVII. IN THE SHADOW OF THE PYRAMIDS

XXVIII. THE BLUE SKIES OF ITALY

XXIX. OUR VISIT TO LA BELLE FRANCE

XXX. THROUGH ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND IRELAND

XXXI. "HOME, SWEET HOME"

XXXII. THE REVOLT OF THE BROTHERHOOD

XXXIII. MY LAST YEARS ON THE BALL FIELD

XXXIV. IF THIS BE TREASON, MAKE THE MOST OF IT

XXXV. HOW MY WINTERS WERE SPENT

XXXVI. WITH THE KNIGHTS OF THE CUE

XXXVII. NOT DEAD, BUT SLEEPING

XXXVIII. L'ENVOI

CHAPTER I. MY BIRTHPLACE AND ANCESTRY.

The town of Marshalltown, the county seat of Marshall County, in the great State of Iowa, is now a handsome and flourishing place of some thirteen or fourteen thousand inhabitants. I have not had time recently to take the census myself, and so I cannot be expected to certify exactly as to how many men, women and children are contained within the corporate limits.

At the time that I first appeared upon the scene, however, the town was in a decidedly embryonic state, and outside of some half dozen white families that had squatted there it boasted of no inhabitants save Indians of the Pottawattamie tribe, whose wigwams, or tepees, were scattered here and there upon the prairie and along the banks of the river that then, as now, was not navigable for anything much larger than a flat bottomed scow.

The first log cabin that was erected in Marshalltown was built by my father, Henry Anson, who is still living, a hale and hearty old man, whose only trouble seems to be, according to his own story, that he is getting too fleshy, and that he finds it more difficult to get about than he used to.

He and his father, Warren Anson, his grandfather, Jonathan Anson, and his great grandfather, Silas Anson, were all born in Dutchess County, New York, and were direct descendants of one of two brothers, who came to this country from England some time in the seventeenth century. They traced their lineage back to William Anson, Esq., of Lincoln's Inn, an eminent barrister in the reign of James I, who purchased the Mansion of Shuzsborough, in the county of Stafford, and, even farther back, to Lord Anson, a high Admiral of the English navy, who was one of the first of that daring band of sailors who circumnavigated the globe and helped to lay the foundation of England's present greatness.

I have said that we were direct descendants of one of two brothers. The other of the original Ansons I am not so proud of, and for this reason: He retained the family name until the Revolutionary war broke out, when he sided with the King and became known as a Tory... Continue reading book >>




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