America’s First Professional Baseball Team

The Cincinnati Red Stockings, America’s first major league baseball team.

With the return of spring, the nation’s thoughts naturally turn to baseball, America’s pastime.

The Cincinnati Base Ball Club, or simply Cincinnati Club, was established June 23, 1866 at a downtown law office, drawing up a constitution and by-laws and electing officers including  Alfred Goshorn President. A few years later Goshorn earned international fame as Director-General of the (U.S.) Centennial Exposition held 1876 in Philadelphia. Founding member George B. Ellard also led the Union Cricket Club, and the relationship between them proved decisive for the baseball club’s success.

After playing four matches that summer, Cincinnati joined the NABBP for 1867 and concluded an agreement to play at the Union Cricket Club grounds. George Ellard’s son says that “a great number of the cricket club members” joined and so “the team was greatly strengthened and interest in baseball gained a new impetus.” Plans for a new clubhouse and “more substantial” enclosing fence were approved in April and the commercial basis was approved in June: members of both clubs admitted free to all matches; otherwise “ten cents for home matches and twenty five cents for foreign matches. Ladies free.” (Ellard 23-27).

The team was soon nicknamed “Red Stockings” in reference to the main feature of the uniforms designed by Ellard; long stockings were then a novelty in team uniforms.

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In 1869, the Red Stockings posted a perfect 65-0 record, the only perfect season in professional baseball history. This was the first team to play on the East and West coasts in the same season. More than 2,000 people greeted the team when it arrived in San Francisco at 10:00 p.m. “They really helped nationalize the game and put Cincinnati on the map as a baseball town,” said Greg Rhodes, a Reds historian who wrote “The First Boys of Summer” (Road West Publishing Company, 1994), along with Enquirer reporter John Erardi, about the 1869-1870 Red Stockings.

From these humble beginnings, baseball rose to the prominence it has today. It’s reach has extended from Cincinnati to around the world. Today many players come from various countries and the sport is enjoyed in Japan, the Caribbean, and South America.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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The doors were never locked

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I grew up in the 50’s on a small dairy farm in southeastern Indiana.

Financially, times were hard, my dad and mom had purchased an extremely impoverished farm when I was three years old. We , along with my brother  who came along later, spent the next several years restoring it to a more productive state. The farm was so over grown with weeds that after living there for a while, dad had time to mow the weeds around the barn and lo and behold! He found a hog house no one knew was there.

The soil was totally depleted, the first year’s twelve acre corn crop yielded a whopping two hundred bushels of corn. Hard to live on that. Fortunately, about that same time, turkey raising came into fashion, the following year dad purchased and raised 1000 turkeys. The resulting turkey by-product increased the corn yield from 200 bushels to 1200 bushels on that very same field.

This was a time when neighbors were neighbors, we used each others farm equipment and tools like they were our own, if dad couldn’t find a tool or wrench, it was probably over at the neighbors. As a result, while picking up one our own tools he would return one of theirs.

Our doors were never locked, no one would break in and steal anything. In fact, if one happened to be away it was desired(it almost became a state law) that the neighbors had to stop by and check the house to make sure everything was OK.

Every one had a gun, we had several neatly stacked in the corner of the kitchen, an ample supply of ammunition, and fireworks) could be found in the cabinet drawer.

I started hunting with a 22 rifle when I was about 9, a rifle given to me for Christmas by my parents. Did I or any kid I know pick up or use a fire arm without permission of their parents, are you kidding? We would have gotten skun alive. Back in those days parental authority and respect meant something, and the only rights a child had were the rights his parents gave him.

 

The New Jockey

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The New Jockey

A jockey is about to enter an important race on a new horse. The horse’s trainer meets him before the race and says, “All you have to remember with this horse is that every time you approach a jump, you have to shout, ‘ALLLLEEE OOOP!’ really loudly in the horse’s ear. Providing you do that, you’ll be fine.”

The jockey thinks the trainer is stupid but promises to shout the command. The race begins and they approach the first hurdle. The jockey ignores the trainer’s ridiculous advice and the horse crashes straight through the center of the jump.

They carry on and approach the second hurdle. The jockey, somewhat embarrassed, whispers ‘Aleeee ooop’ in the horse’s ear. The same thing happens — the horse crashes straight through the center of the jump.

At the third hurdle, the jockey thinks, “It’s no good, I’ll have to do it,” and yells, “ALLLEEE OOOP!” really loudly. Sure enough, the horse sails over the jump with no problems. This continues for the rest of the race, but due to the earlier problems the horse only finishes third.

The trainer is fuming and asks the jockey what went wrong. The jockey replies, “Nothing is wrong with me — it’s this bloody horse. What is he — deaf or something?”

The trainer replies, “Deaf? Deaf?? He’s not deaf, you idiot, he’s blind!

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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A Day at the Races

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A Day At The Races

One day while he was at the track betting on the ponies and nearly losing his shirt, Mitch noticed a priest who stepped out onto the track and blessed the forehead of one of the horses lining up for the 4th race.

Lo and behold, that horse — a very long shot — won the race. 

Before the following race, the Priest blessed yet another horse. Mitch made a beeline for the window, and placed a small bet on the horse. Again, even though it was another long shot, the horse the priest had blessed won the race.

Mitch collected his winnings, and anxiously waited to see which horse the priest would bless for the 6th race. The priest showed, blessed a horse, Mitch bet a large amount of money on it, and it won!

True to his pattern, the priest stepped out onto the track before the last race and blessed the forehead, eyes, ears, and hooves of one of the horses.

Mitch bet every cent he had, including his life savings and the deed to his house. Mitch then watched the horse come in dead last. He was dumbfounded.

He made his way to the track, and when he found the priest, he demanded, “What happened, Father? All day long you blessed horses and they won. The last race, you blessed a horse and he lost. Now, thanks to you, I’ve lost all my savings!”

The priest nodded wisely and said, “That’s the problem with Protestants — you can’t tell the difference between a simple blessing and the Last Rites!

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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There has been much debate over the years about what the founding fathers meant about the separation of church and state. In recent times there has been much disinformation about how they actually believed, especially George Washington. In this short Ebook the author tries to explain how they actually felt.

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Two boys are playing football in the Golden
Gate Park when one
is attacked by a Rottweiler. Thinking quickly, the other boy
rips off a board of the nearby fence, wedges it down the dog’s
collar and twists, breaking the dog’s neck.



A reporter who is strolling by sees the incident, and rushes
over to interview the boy. “‘Forty Niners’ fan saves friend
from vicious animal”, he starts writing in his
notebook.

“But I’m not a Niners fan,” the boy
replies.

“‘Oakland Raiders’ fan rescues friend from horrific attack,”
says the reporter as he writes in his notebook.

“I’m not a Raiders fan either,” the boy
says.

“Then what are you?” the reporter askes.

“I’m a Cowboys fan!!!” the boy says
proudly.

The reporter starts a new sheet in his notebook and writes,
“Redneck kills family pet!”

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has studied and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not only the United States, but the world as well.

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Who Wants to be a Millionaire

Who Wants to Be a
Millionaire

Sarah appeared on Who Wants To Be A
Millionaire…

Regis: “Sarah, you’ve done very well so
far – $500,000 and one
lifeline left. The next question will give you the million dollars if
you get it right … but if you get it wrong you will drop back to
$32,000 — are you ready?”

Sarah: “Sure I’ll have a
go.”

Regis: “Which of the following birds does
not build it’s own nest?
Is it…

A-Robin

B-Sparrow

C-Cuckoo

D-Thrush

“Remember, Sarah, it’s worth 1 million
dollars.”

Sarah: “It’s a
cuckoo.”

Regis: “You’re sure? You can walk with
the $500,000 or play on for
the million.”

Sarah: “I want to play, I’ll go with C
– Cuckoo.”

Regis: “Is that your final
answer?”

Sarah: “It is.”

Regis: “Are you
confident?”

Sarah: “Absolutely!”

Regis: “Sarah…..you had $500,000 and
you said C -Cuckoo.
Well….you’re right! – You have just won ONE MILLION DOLLARS Here
is your check. You have been a great contestant and a real gambler.
Audience please put your hands together for Sarah.”

That night Sarah calls her friend Carol
and they go to a local
bar for a celebration drink. As they are sipping their champagne.
Carol turns to Sarah and asks, “Tell me, how did you know that it
was the cuckoo that does not build its own nest?”

“It was so simple,” Sarah replied, “Everybody
knows that
cuckoos live in clocks.”

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Sports Quotes #2


1981 – Tommy Lasorda , Dodger manager, when
asked what terms
Mexican-born pitching sensation Fernando Valenzuela might settle for
in his upcoming contract negotiations: “He wants Texas
back.”


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1966 – Darrell Royal, Texas football coach, asked if the abnormal
number of Longhorn injuries that season resulted from poor physical
conditioning: “One player was lost because he broke his nose. How do
you go about getting a nose in condition for football?”
*


1981 – Mike McCormack, coach of the hapless Baltimore Colts after
the
team’s co-captain, offensive guard Robert Pratt, pulled a hamstring
running onto the field for the coin toss against St. Louis: “I’m
going to send the injured reserve players out for the toss next
time.”
*


1991 -Steve Spurrier, Florida football coach, telling Gator fans
that
a fire at Auburn’s football dorm had destroyed 20 books: “But the real
tragedy was that 15 hadn’t been colored yet.”
*


1986 – Jim Finks, New Orleans Saints G.M., when asked after a loss
what he thought of the refs: “I’m not allowed to comment on lousy
officiating.”
*


1991 – Alan Kulwicki, stock car racer, on racing Saturday nights as
opposed to Sunday afternoons: “It’s basically the same, just
darker.”
*

1996 – Lincoln Kennedy, Oakland Raiders tackle, on his decision not
to vote: “I was going to write myself in, but I was afraid I’d get
shot.”
*

1991 – Jim Colletto, Purdue football coach and former assistant at
Arizona State and Ohio State, on his 11-year-old son’s reaction after
he took the job with the Boilermakers: “He said: ‘Gosh, Dad, that
mean’s we’re not going to any more bowl games.”
*


1986 – LaVell Edwards, BYU football coach and one of 14
children:
“They can’t fire me because my family buys too many
tickets.”
*


1991 – Frank Layden, Utah Jazz president, on a former player: “I
told him, ‘Son, what is it with you. Is it ignorance or apathy?’ He said,
“Coach, I don’t know and I don’t care.”
*


1991 – Torrin Polk, University of Houston receiver, on his coach,
John Jenkins: “He treats us like men. He lets us wear earrings.”
*


1987 – Shelby Metcalf, basketball coach at Texas A&M, recounting
what he told a player who received four F’s and one D: “Son, looks to me
like you’re spending too much time on one subject.”

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Sports Quotes

“I’m going to graduate on time, no matter
how long it takes.”
Senior basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh
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“Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy
like
Norman Einstein.”
Football commentator and former player Joe Theismann 1996

 

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“You guys line up alphabetically by height.”
Bill Peterson, a Florida State football coach
*
“You guys pair up in groups of three, then line up in a circle.”
Bill Peterson, a Florida State football coach
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“I play football. I’m not trying to be a
professor. The tests don’t seem to make sense to me, measuring your
brain on stuff I haven’t been through in school.”
Clemson recruit Ray Forsythe, who was ineligible as a freshman
because of academic requirements:
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Boxing promoter Dan Duva on Mike Tyson hooking up again with
promoter Don King: “Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter?
He went to prison for three years, not Princeton.”
*
Stu Grimson, Chicago Blackhawks left wing, explaining why he keeps
a
color photo of himself above his locker: “That’s so when I forget how
to spell my name, I can still find my #%@# clothes.”
*
Shaquille O’Neal on whether he had visited the Parthenon during his
visit to Greece: “I can’t really remember the names of the clubs that we
went to.”
*
Shaquille O’Neal, on his lack of championships: “I’ve won at every
level, except college and pro.”
*

Lou Duva, Veteran boxing trainer, on the Spartan training regime of
heavyweight Andrew Golota: “He’s a guy who gets up at six o’clock in
the morning regardless of what time it is.”
*
1992- Pat Williams, Orlando Magic general manager, on his team’s
7-27 record: “We can’t win at home. We can’t win on the road. As general
manager, I just can’t figure out where else to play.”
*

1982 – Chuck Nevitt , North Carolina State basketball player,
explaining
to Coach Jim Valvano why he appeared nervous at practice: “My
sister’s expecting a baby, and I don’t know if I’m going to be an uncle or
an aunt.”

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 The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, www.journeysthrulife.com.

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In today’s world, many resort to abusing drugs and alcohol, why are so many becoming addicted and not only destroying their lives but the lives of others around them as well?