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Although Negro League stats can never be fully complete, The Complete Book Of Baseball's Negro Leagues" represents 90% of all league play. A unique timeline traces the history of black baseball, juxtaposing it with the history of the day. Includes 110 photos, 10 in color.
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Although Negro League stats can never be fully complete, The Complete Book Of Baseball's Negro Leagues" represents 90% of all league play. A unique timeline traces the history of black baseball, juxtaposing it with the history of the day. Includes 110 photos, 10 in color.
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These two volumes contribute a good deal to the ongoing examination of the Negro Leagues. Holway, one of the deans of black baseball history, provides the most complete statistical accounting yet of the game's segregated half. The obvious by-product of painstaking research, The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues presents a quick overview of African American participation from 1859 to 1882 and then an annual accounting through 1948, the year after Jackie Robinson entered the major leagues. Holway's contribution is noteworthy, covering won-loss records, batting records, and pitching performances. Textual commentary is sprinkled throughout, as are useful lists of lifetime batting and pitching leaders. But the story remains incomplete because of the paucity of written accounts, incomplete box scores, and a general failure on the part of black baseball management and journalists alike to provide a historical record for the most statistically conscious of all sports. McNeil's (The Dodgers Encyclopedia) undertaking is different, as he seeks to determine which Negro League participants should be included in the National Baseball Hall of Fame; at present, 17 have been admitted. Cool Papas and Double Duties calls on both former Negro Leaguers and black baseball historians to select those candidates, then offers a final selection and biographies of those chosen. Biz Mackey, Turkey Stearnes, Dick Lundy, Mules Suttle, and Hilton Smith received the greatest number of votes; Stearnes and Smith, in fact, have subsequently been elected to the hall. McNeil's work also presents all-time Negro League all-star teams, with corresponding biographies. Enjoyable to course through, this book frequently enlightens but will in no way stop baseball fans and scholars from debating the various merits of the top performers. Both books are recommended for general libraries. R.C. Cottrell, California State Univ., Chico Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780803820074
  • Publisher: Hastings House Daytrips Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Pages: 510
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2001

    Publisher's review

    Imagine the 'major leagues' without Sammy Sosa, Ken Griffey, Jr., Pedro Martinez, and Derek Jeter. That's the 'major leagues' that our great great grandfathers knew without Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, Oscar Charleston, Smoky Joe Williams, and all the other black greats before Jackie Robinson. In hundreds of reported (barnstorming) games against the best white players before baseball became integrated in 1947, these black major leagues won 53 percent. The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues is the most ambitious book ever undertaken on 'the other half of baseball history.' For the first time, almost every man who ever batted or pitched from 1862 to 1948 is listed, along with his annual batting average or won-lost record. It will change forever the way American baseball history is perceived and written. This book is the result of thousands of man-hours, both paid and volunteer, to ferret out and extract data from over 14,000 box scores. Almost every black paper published between was scoured, plus every white daily in cities with a Negro League team, and papers in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. The results have dispelled many long-held myths: Satchel Paige did not pitch in 3,000 games not win 1,000 of them...Josh Gibson did not hit 75 home runs in one years or 962 in a lifetime. (However, Josh would have hit 1,000 if he had come to bat as often as Hank Aaron). It has also give recognition to many long-overlooked stars of North American baseball. Bill Foster, not Paige, is the all-time leader in victories; John Beckwith and Jud Wilson are the all-time leaders in batting averages. The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues includes for the first time Latin American League games, where the rivalries forged in North America in the summer were continued with equal intensity in the winter. In these pages fans can read for the first time of Mule Suttles' mammoth home run to win the 1933 East-West (All Star) game in the 11th inning, the prodigious home run paces of Suttles and Gibson that threatened to topple Ruth's 60-home run record a decade after it was set, of Rube Foster's heroics in the first black World Series of 1903 and Josh Gibson's mammoth Yankee Stadium home run in the black World Series in 1930. The book includes details of every playoff and black World Series game, which were just as exciting as the gabled games of the white World Series. Is there anything in white history to equal the duel in the snow between Big Bill Foster and little Bullet Joe Rogan to settle the 1927 playoff - a duel won by Foster 1-0 and 5-0? The 1939 playoff battle between two future Hall of Fame catchers, the veteran Josh Gibson and the rookie Roy Campanella in a Series won by Campy's team? Or the moment in the 1942 black Series when Paige deliberately walked the bases loaded to pitch to Josh Gibson - then struck hom out? Had these happened in an integrated league, they would have dwarfed even the legend of Babe Ruth pointing to the bleachers, then slugging a homer in the 1932 white Series. Perhaps most eye-opening are the dozens of box scores between Negro League stars and stars of the major white leagues. The blacks won 53 percent of these games, and black hitters batted the same against top white rivals in October as they ahd against the best black players from May to September. These include epic battles between Walter Johnson and Smoky Joe Williams (Joe won 1-0)..between Ty Cobb and John Henry Lloyd (Lloyd won .500 to .369)..between Babe Ruth and Cristobel Torriente (the Cuban won, three home runs to none). We also learn of the off-the-field heroes, such as pitcher Doc Sykes, who was in the center of the notorious trial of 'the Scottsboro Nine,' one of the greatest civil rights dramas of the twentieth century and Monarchs coach J. L. Wilkinson, who in the 1940s was forced to sit and watch while major league scouts raided his teams, with no intention of ever paying him. In these pages the reader w

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2001

    Opens the World of Negro League Baseball To All

    John Holway has done it again, only this time it is bigger and better than ever before. If you have ever wanted to know about this unwritten world of baseball, but didn't know where to go, look no futher. In this scholarly book, Holway starts at the beginning to weave a tapestry of words and numbers that brings the men who plyed their trade in obscurity to full color life. This book is pure research, much of it is totally new. Built in a year by year format, this work shows team rosters, with batting and pitching stats, as well as a league leaders section. All the greats are there, as well as those we never knew. If there is a flaw, it is only in that it leaves us wanting more. So I guess John's work has only begun. This book is a groundbreaking work, a must for every baseball library, I wholeheartedly recomend it.

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