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Baseball in the Carolinas: Twenty-Five Essays on the States Hardball Heritage

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It is not known exactly when base ball first made its way down to the Carolinas, but it was being played in North and South Carolina at least as early as the Civil War. By the early years of the twentieth century, the game had become a dominant form of entertainment in both states—and has remained a part of many communities across the Carolinas ever since.

This work is a collection of 25 nonfiction stories about baseball as it has been played in the Carolinas from its early ...

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Overview

It is not known exactly when base ball first made its way down to the Carolinas, but it was being played in North and South Carolina at least as early as the Civil War. By the early years of the twentieth century, the game had become a dominant form of entertainment in both states—and has remained a part of many communities across the Carolinas ever since.

This work is a collection of 25 nonfiction stories about baseball as it has been played in the Carolinas from its early days to the present. Contributors to this work include Marshall Adesman writing about his love for the Durham Athletic Park, David Beal remembering the last bus trip the Winston-Salem Warthogs made to play the Durham Bulls in 1997 before the Bulls became a Triple A team, Robert Gaunt writing about the All-American Girls Baseball League and its players in South Carolina, Thomas Perry telling the story of Shoeless Joe Jackson's start in baseball in the textile leagues, Parker Chesson relating the 1947 Albemarle League playoff, and Bijan Bayne chronicling black professional baseball in North Carolina from World War I to the Depression, just to name a few.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786413188
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/25/2002
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Holaday, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, lives in Leesburg, North Carolina. He is also the author of The 25 Greatest Baseball Teams of the 20th Century Ranked (2000) and Professional Baseball in North Carolina: An Illustrated City-by-City History, 1901-1996,(1998, winner of The Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction 1
Greensboro, 1954 5
Talent for the Game 10
Last Bus to Durham 13
The Smallest of Them All 16
Shoeless 21
Tribute to a Ballpark 26
A Gaylord Perry Story 33
Bobby Hipps 37
Black Professional Baseball in North Carolina from World War I to the Depression 44
Crash Davis in His Own Words 52
The All-Time North Carolina Team 63
All-Time South Carolina Team 79
Baseball: The Heart and Mind of America 93
South Carolina and the AAGPBL 96
A Death of Innocence 105
The 1947 Albemarle League Playoffs 107
Judge Lew 114
The Game the Way It Ought to Be 123
A Remarkable Season 130
Diary of a Minor League Season 137
A Special Doubleheader - July 4, 1911 150
Triangle Baseball - A Hollywood Epic 155
The Cannon Street All-Stars 160
An Open Letter to the Residents of Fayetteville 168
Smiley 176
Index 185
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