Imagine what Arizona was like in the 19th Century prior to statehood. Now imagine how the young game of baseball may have looked on dusty desert fields in the middle of nowhere. How did it get started there, who played it and where was it played? Arizona SABR Flame Delhi chapter member John Darrin Tenney looked for answers to these previously little-researched questions and the result is Baseball in Territorial Arizona.
Through contemporary newspaper accounts culled from 27 territorial Arizona newspapers, Tenney has identified 36 organized baseball clubs that played for sport, recreation and entertainment during Arizona’s formative years. Baseball in Territorial Arizona instantly becomes an important reference for historians of baseball and Arizona. The book is richly illustrated with photos of many of the teams discussed as well as historic views of game action.