Crackers: Early Days of Atlanta Baseball

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Beginning in an era before traffic jams, air-conditioning, and Atlanta’s ascension to international fame, Tim Darnell chronicles the emergence of amateur and minor-league baseball in various forms in Atlanta from just after the Civil War through the rise of the Crackers (1901–65).

Through never-before-published player interviews, rare illustrations, extensive charts and statistics, and thorough research, Darnell examines the drama and politics that affected the Crackers over the...

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Overview

Beginning in an era before traffic jams, air-conditioning, and Atlanta’s ascension to international fame, Tim Darnell chronicles the emergence of amateur and minor-league baseball in various forms in Atlanta from just after the Civil War through the rise of the Crackers (1901–65).

Through never-before-published player interviews, rare illustrations, extensive charts and statistics, and thorough research, Darnell examines the drama and politics that affected the Crackers over the years. Also profiled is the Black Crackers, Atlanta’s Negro Southern League franchise whose success and popularity paralleled those of their white counterparts.

The Crackers is a light-hearted, fun, and engrossing history of a time, a people, and one very special centerfield magnolia tree whose stories are legend to this day.

Includes a Crackers Trivia Quiz, and appendices with records and statistics.

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“Before the Braves, the Crackers were our team.”—President Jimmy Carter

“There has always been something very magical about the early days of minor-league baseball, and Darnell makes that magic come alive.”—Jim Huber, CNN/Sports Illustrated

“One of the finest books on minor-league baseball.”—Bruce Chadwick, author of When the Game was Black and White

"This is a great trip through a special time in southern sports"—Ernie Harwell

"I love this book . . . It's a home run."—Zell Miller

"This book stirs up treasured memories."—Louis D. Rubin Jr., The Quotable Baseball Fanatic

"When people ask me what my team is, I say, 'Well, it used to be the Crackers.'"—Roy Blount Jr.

"A must-read"—Creative Loafing

Lee Walburn
Tim Darnell's meticulous detail and warm stories remind us there was a time when the Atlanta Crackers and the Atlanta Black Crackers captured the hearts and imaginations of their city like no professional teams before or since.
Atlanta Magazine
Rhubarb Jones
This book on the minors is a MAJOR hit! I loved it! Eagle 106.7 FM Atlanta
Jon Nelson
Tim Darnell makes us want to look behind today's strip mall and find the shade of that old magnolia. Progress is, forever, a relative term. And sometimes that means looking backwards to appreciate the walk forward.
WGCL-TV Sports
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588181015
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,248,639
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author


Tim Darnell is an award-winning journalist who has written for numerous Atlanta sports and political publications. He is also the author of 101 Atlanta Sports Legends and The Georgia Tech Trivia Book.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2003

    A Great History - A Fair Read

    Tim Darnell has certainly done his research and this has allowed him to create a history of Atlanta Cracker baseball that is replete with facts and statistics. Tracing the roots of the team back to their beginning and carrying the reader through their swan song season of 1965, Darnell provides a season by season history of one of the most successful professional baseball teams of all time. In dedicating a portion of his history to the Atlanta Black Crackers, Darnell has truly created the definitive history of Atlanta Baseball prior to the arrival of the Braves. Unfortunately, it is Darnell's thorough research that may get in the way of the reader's ability to follow this history without feeling that they are being bombarded with stats and figures at a rapid fire pace. Darnell documents seasons as if box scores alone would suffice to tell the whole story. Players stats, game stats and season stats are thrown together in such a short span of reading space that is sometimes simply too difficult to keep up with the pace. Darnell's book does have its moments and is well worth a read if you are a fan of Atlanta Baseball or just a fan of baseball history. It may not be The Boys of Summer but it does serve to provide a good account of baseball at a time when the game was simply about the game.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2003

    Book Took Me Back In Time

    Tim Darnell's excellent book took me back in time to the early 1950s when I moved to the Atlanta area and almost immediately became a Crackers fan. I still remember some of the good times spent at old Ponce de Leon Park and getting to see some of my heroes in action. Reading the book was an educational experience. I learned about the Cracker teams from the years prior to my move to the area, and I gained my first knowledge about another team, the Atlanta Black Crackers. The book also reinforced my memories of the Crackers from the time I came to the Atlanta area until the arrival of the Atlanta Braves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2003

    Back When It Was a Game

    Whether you're a sports fan, a history buff or just enjoy a great story about a subject that is near to the hearts of Atlantans, pick up a copy of this book and enjoy a journey back to the time when baseball was still just a game. Not many people remember the great minor league dynasty that was built in Atlanta, but Mr. Darnell does a great job of bringing it to life for those of us who weren't around to see it firsthand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2003

    Best Baseball Book Ever

    An exceptionally well-researched and nostalgic history of the Crackers, Atlanta's and the South's most beloved minor league teams. The text and remarkable, rare photos brought a flood of memories from childhoo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2003

    A history lesson for all

    As a 'new' Atlantan it was a great read and a valuable history lesson

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