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Playing First: Early Baseball Lives at Green-Wood

September 26, 2015, 1:00pm3:00pm

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Join Thomas W. Gilbert, baseball historian and author, to celebrate his newly published book Playing First: Early Baseball Lives at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. Gilbert is an expert in baseball’s 19th-century New York City and Brooklyn origins, and Green-Wood’s history there is unmatched – an astounding number of early baseball innovators and players are interred at the cemetery. Playing First is the culmination of Gilbert’s extensive research into the little known professional, political, and military lives of these baseball pioneers. In Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel, Gilbert will reveal many fascinating stories included in his newly published book, including the truth about what actually killed famed baseball martyr James Creighton, and how a feud between baseball and cricket in early America changed Creighton’s legacy forever. After the talk, Gilbert will sign books before leading a trolley tour of baseball pioneers with Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman.


This event has two parts, with separate tickets for each part:

  1. The free talk in the historic Green-Wood chapel.
  2. A guided trolley tour immediately following the talk. Tickets are $15 for members of the Green-Wood Historic Fund and BHS and $20 for non-members.

Please include both free talk tickets and trolley tour tickets in your order if you would like to attend both parts of the event. Seating is limited for both the talk and the trolley tour, and reservations are recommended.


Green-Wood trolley tours are fully accessible and ADA compliant.


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September 26, 2015
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Green-Wood Cemetery
500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States

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