LOS ANGELES, December 16, 2016 — To many, baseball history in Arizona begins and ends with the Arizona Diamondbacks. However, one may be surprised to know that baseball in Arizona dates back to the 1800s. In his book, Baseball in Territorial Arizona; A History, 1863-1912, John Darrin Tenney examines this diverse baseball history.
Baseball first found its way to Arizona via the military outposts in the territory. The people in the surrounding towns soon caught on and local teams were formed. Tenney goes into great detail about how these teams formed, the players who played, and the outcomes of games.
Tenney’s book also discusses the presence of minorities and women playing in those early games in Arizona, as well as the media’s expected reaction in those times.
Baseball in Territorial Arizona is a great read not only for anyone who has an interest in baseball and its early beginnings, but also for fans of American history. The extensive research Tenney did for this book is obvious as you read. There are game details, including box scores, as well as never before seen photographs.
The book, which is available through McFarland, was published in March 2016 and can be ordered through their website as well as Amazon.