Dictionary of 1913 Baseball and Other Lingo

Gerald Cohen gcohen at UMR.EDU
Thu Sep 13 01:06:21 UTC 2001

For those who may be interested---

    I have privately published a limited edition of the following book:

    _Dictionary of 1913 Baseball And Other Lingo_, volume 1: A-F.
Primarily from the baseball columns of the San Francisco Bulletin,
Feb. - May 1913. 208 pp.; soft cover. cost. $20 + $5.00 (five) for
shipping and handling.

    For this first printing I have run off 110 copies--10 for my
personal use and 100 for sale. I suppose the material will be of
interest to lexicographers and word researchers. I have intentionally
kept the number of copies low, and do not expect the demand to
warrant a second printing. In any case, I would like to complete
volumes 2 and 3 (2002, 2003) before considering a second printing.

    The book lists the terms I find of interest in the 1913 S.F.
Bulletin baseball articles and then presents the examples in context.

    This work started as a careful search for the earliest
attestations of "jazz" (used in a baseball context before a music
one) and then broadened out as a whole variety of interesting
baseball terms and expressions came to my attention.

     Upon request, I could present 1 1/2 pages from the preface that
explain the project in more detail. For now I would say that I have
aimed to produce a scholarly treatment (with the examples of
attestations and their exact references).

    Checks should be made payable to the University of Missouri-Rolla
and mailed to me: Gerald Cohen, G-4 Humanities Social Sciences
Building, University of Missouri-Rolla,  Rolla MO 65401. The project
is non-profit; all funds remaining after publication costs are met
will be donated to a scholarship fund at the University of

---Gerald Cohen
Professor of Foreign Languages
research specialty: etymology

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