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DOUBLE PLAY Or, How Joe Hardy chose his friends - Everett, William - 1871. 
Boston: Lee, Shepard and Dillingham. Very Good. 1871. First Edition. Hardcover. (viii), 244 pages; Clean and secure in original green cloth binding with gilt lettering and gilt image of a baseball and a baseball bat at spine. Faint inscription in pencil on first blank "S.F. Sweetser / from / M. Warren" An attractive example of this scarce baseball novel. This book Double Play was Everett's second novel featuring a baseball theme (the first was Changing Base published in 1868). This book involves a game between the local Starlings baseball club and their challengers The Wide-Awakes from a nearby town. The style of their new pitcher Wheeler is much discussed and there is some play by play description of at least one of the games.William Everett (1839 1910) was born in Watertown, Massachusetts, the son of U.S. Secretary of State Edward Everett. He graduated from Harvard University in 1859, from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1863 and from Harvard University's law department in 1865. He tutored at Harvard University from 1870 to 1873, then was promoted to assistant professor of Latin, a position he held till 1877. He became master of Adams Academy in 1878. .
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