in the Garden of Eden
Secret History of the Early Game
In the wake of the player revolt of 1890, W. C. Temple became a National League owner and a lifelong ally of Albert Spalding. A sportsman and statistics enthusiast, Temple was the first to come up with the idea of the designated hitter, back in 1891. The NL actually voted on Temple’s proposal in 1892, declining to adopt it by the narrow margin of 7–5. Doubleday was to become the hero of the 1908 Mills Commission report, the posthumous link between Madame Blavatsky and baseball as forged by Albert Spalding and his new wife. But unknown to anyone today, the game provided in Temple a real live Theosophist in the midst of its ranks even while Doubleday still breathed.