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celebrated and honored Hutchinson Family," wrote P. T. Barnum, "always
give a most excellent entertainment, which pleases all classes, and exercises
a mighty influence for good. To endorse them as the best of entertainers and philanthropists
is as superfluous as a certificate to the sun for its warmth and brightness."
of the Singing Hutchinson Family
history of baseball is a lie from beginning to end, from its creation myth to
its rosy models of commerce, community, and fair play.
known to all as "Doc," began to play baseball in 1839. "I was always
interested in athletics while in college and afterward," he told an interviewer
at the age of eighty-one.
Lucius "Doc" Adams, of Mont Vernon, was
the inventor of baseball!