(Editor’s Note) I have had the pleasure to work with the great Cecilia M. Tan on many occasions, first as an editor with Gotham Baseball from the birth of the magazine’s print and online days, then as a writer for the Yankee Annual, which Cecilia puts together each year for the Maple Street Press. She’s an incredible writer, and author, and her story below, originally published in the Fall 2006 print editon, is one of the reasons why Gotham Baseball is in Cooperstown. – MH
I went to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame Induction Weekend this year, which is a pilgrimage every baseball-loving fanatic should make at least once. While patrolling the main street of shops, I happened into a used bookstore. There a tiny, red-bound volume caught my eye.
The book, entitled “The Powder of Sympathy,” is from 1927, published by Doubleday, Page & Co., and appears to be a collection of essays by one Christopher Morley. Morley was something of a literary fixture in New York City during his lifetime. He was a founder of the Baker Street Irregulars, took on the revision of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, and was chums with Don Marquis of “Archy and Mehitabel” fame.