At Home Plate
"An exceptional book that truly earns a walk straight to the local book store to get a copy."
"An excellent addition to the growing catalog of regional baseball history..."
From the Author
Major League baseball in Connecticut may seem impossible, as Connecticut appears forever destined to root for the neighboring Red Sox or Yankees. Believe me, I know since I live in East Hampton, Connecticut, which was once dubbed by the Hartford Courant
as the exact mid-point between Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium. But during the 1870s, Connecticut was home to three major league clubs. In fact, at that time, the biggest rivalry in baseball was not Boston-New York but Boston-Hartford!
My favorite of the three Connecticut teams is probably the Hartford Dark Blues. They were truly a pioneering team - from Hartford's Morgan Bulkeley being the first National League president, to the first no-hitter, triple play, curveball pitcher and the dubious distinction as the country's first professional sport franchise to move to another city. In 2008 I was instrumental in helping to erect a historical marker at the site of the Dark Blues' field. Alas, the marker (support post and all) were stolen and never recovered.