Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 19:36:52 -0500
From: Gerald Cohen gcohen[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UMR.EDU
Subject: "Mudville" update
With Stockton, California (aka Mudville in the 19th century) holding an
undisputed lead as the inspiration for Ernest Thayer's "Mudville" in his
famous poem "Casey at the Bat," I telephoned the Massachusetts Historical
Society (ll54 Boylston St., Boston MA 02205; 6l7-536-l608) to see if a
Mudville might also have existed in Massachusetts.
The result of the call: thus far no evidence has emerged that a
Mudville existed in Massachusetts, although a definitive statement to this
effect would require a search of all local sources. The ball now is in the
court of whoever may believe that a Mudville did exist in Massachusetts.
Where is the source to verify this belief?
I am grateful to Jennifer Tolpa (Reference Librarian at the Mass. Hist.
Soc.) for checking various sources:
1) _Massachusetts Encyclopedia Geographical, Geological, Historical and
Topographical_, by Abraham Paluba. (evidently no date is given)
2) various gazeteers
3) _Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in
Massachusetts_, by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1975 edition. This
book lists towns both present and past.
4) a few histories of the state (Ms. Tolpa checked the indexes), e.g. A.B.
Hart's _Commonwealth History of Massachusetts_, 5 vols. (NY: Russell &
None of the above sources mentions a Mudville. Barring any surprises,
this message now concludes the search. On 12/19/97 Mr. Smith (Boston
Globe) e-mailed me: "Thanks for the often-fascinaing info. Stockton is
indeed looking strong...."
My only request to Mr. Smith is that he let me know if he writes up
anything on Mudville; I would of course want to share it with the ads-l
gcohen[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]umr.edu