This blog is dedicated to post-Civil War baseball in Tennessee, from 1866 to 1876, with occasional forays into later periods. I’m primarily interested in documenting the baseball clubs, players, and grounds, in order to understand the social context of the game’s growth in the state.

The page header is taken from a silk postcard entitled “First Innings” by Thomas Stevens.  For more information, and my original source for the image, see http://www.19cbaseball.com/image-early-baseball-game.html.

If you know of something related to early baseball that I might find interesting–especially if it’s about Tennessee–please use the contact form below and I’ll take a look.

This blog’s name–“Three Hands Dead”–was probably not in common use in 1860s baseball, and the phrase I see most often is “three hands lost.” But I think it’s apt nonetheless.

Christopher Ryland


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