: Group portrait of the Ohio School for the Deaf baseball club, the Independents, in 1879. The seated man in the suit is Parley P. Pratt, the team's coach and a teacher of shoemaking at the school. Pratt is credited with introducing baseball to the Ohio School for the Deaf, and was manager for the team during their successful 1879 tour around the country. The Independents covered more than 3,500 miles during the tour, competing against professional and semi-professional teams and ending with a 44-7 record.
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: 362_4H629_Independents1879 Subjects
: Deafness; Ohio School for the Deaf; Baseball--History; Baseball players; Athletes; Sports--Ohio--History; Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)