Diamonds in the Coalfields: 21 Remarkable Baseball Players,Managers,and Umpires from Northeast Pennsylvania

Overview

Between 1876 and 1960, nearly 100 northeastern Pennsylvanians played, managed, coached or umpired in the major leagues. Many were the sons of immigrant coal miners and living and working conditions in America were quite different from what they had been used to. Baseball became an important part of the assimilation process and it thrived as a church-sponsored form of recreation and entertainment for the coal miners and their families.

This work explores the childhood, and minor ...

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Overview

Between 1876 and 1960, nearly 100 northeastern Pennsylvanians played, managed, coached or umpired in the major leagues. Many were the sons of immigrant coal miners and living and working conditions in America were quite different from what they had been used to. Baseball became an important part of the assimilation process and it thrived as a church-sponsored form of recreation and entertainment for the coal miners and their families.

This work explores the childhood, and minor and major league experiences of Christy Mathewson, Stan Coveleski, Stanley "Bucky" Harris, Hughie Jennings, Ed Walsh, Nestor Chylak, Joe Bolinsky, Jake Daubert, John "Buck" Freeman, Mike Gazella, Pete Wyshner, John Edward Murphy, Steve O'Neill, John Picus, Joe "Lefty" Shaute, Steve Bilko, Harry Dorish, Bob Duliba, Joe "Professor" Ostrowski, and Stan Pawloski—21 players, managers, and umpires who exemplify the great talent, dedication, humility, and hardship that many northeastern Pennsylvanians experienced

Author Biography: William C. Kashatus, a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania is a historian at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester. A regular contributor to the Philadelphia Daily News, is also the author of One Armed Wonder: Pete Gray, Wartime Baseball, and the American Dream (1995, $20.95), Mike Schmidt (1999, $22.50), and Connie Mack's ‘29 Triumph (1999, $28.50).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786411764
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/30/2001
  • Pages: 183
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

William C. Kashatus, a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania is a historian at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester. A regular contributor to the Philadelphia Daily News, he is also the author of Mike Schmidt (2000), Connie Mack's '29 Triumph (1999) and One Armed Wonder: Pete Gray, Wartime Baseball, and the American Dream (1995).

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