The Blue Ridge League, Maryland (Images of Baseball Series)

Overview

Between 1915 and 1930, nine towns in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia hosted teams in one of the most successful Class D minor leagues in professional baseball. The Blue Ridge League launched the careers of legendary Hall of Famers Lefty Grove and Hack Wilson and served as a training ground or final stop for over 100 major-league players. This feisty league challenged laws prohibiting Sabbath baseball games (resulting in mass arrests of players and management), pioneered night...

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Overview

Between 1915 and 1930, nine towns in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia hosted teams in one of the most successful Class D minor leagues in professional baseball. The Blue Ridge League launched the careers of legendary Hall of Famers Lefty Grove and Hack Wilson and served as a training ground or final stop for over 100 major-league players. This feisty league challenged laws prohibiting Sabbath baseball games (resulting in mass arrests of players and management), pioneered night baseball, served as a laboratory for the establishment of baseball's farm system, and helped develop a postseason five-state championship series.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738582399
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 7/11/2011
  • Series: Images of Baseball Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,482,588
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Robert P. Savitt lectures and writes on a variety of historical subjects and is a past president of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research. Bob holds a doctoral degree from Georgetown University, has served in the Departments of Defense and State, and was legislative director for a US senator.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 In the Beginning 11

2 The Golden Years 39

3 Inter-Regional Championships 69

4 The Demise 83

5 Legacy 101

Appendix: Year-by-Year Blue Ridge League Results 125

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