Fair Dealing and Clean Playing: The Hilldale Club and the Development of Black Professional Baseball, 1910-1932

Overview

The Hilldale Club of Darby, Pennsylvania, was the dominant team in black baseball during the 1920s. Their success came about largely through the efforts of Hilldale president and manager Edward Bolden. Bolden's professionalism and reputation for fair play were instrumental in his forming the Eastern Colored League (ECL) in 1922. The Hilldale Club and EC League flourished until 1927 when worsening economic conditions caused Bolden to lose control of his team. Traced here are the roots of the club, the development ...
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Overview

The Hilldale Club of Darby, Pennsylvania, was the dominant team in black baseball during the 1920s. Their success came about largely through the efforts of Hilldale president and manager Edward Bolden. Bolden's professionalism and reputation for fair play were instrumental in his forming the Eastern Colored League (ECL) in 1922. The Hilldale Club and EC League flourished until 1927 when worsening economic conditions caused Bolden to lose control of his team. Traced here are the roots of the club, the development of black professional baseball, and the three-tiered relationship between the Negro leagues, white semiprofessional teams, and the major leagues.
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Editorial Reviews

USA Baseball Weekly
A study of . . . one of the best teams in the pioneer Eastern Colored League.
Dugout
A thorough history . . . goes beyond player profiles and anecdotes.
USA Today Baseball Weekly
a study of...one of the best teams in the pioneer Eastern Colored League
Dugout
"a thorough history...goes beyond player profiles and anecdotes"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815608653
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Series: Sports and Entertainment Ser.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Beginnings: Baseball in Philadelphia, 1860-1916 3
2 Professional Black Baseball Takes Off, 1895-1917 27
3 Hilldale and the Philadelphia Semipro Baseball Boom, 1918-1923 49
4 Foster, Bolden, and the NNL, 1919-1922 72
5 The Eastern Colored League at Its Peak, 1923-1924 95
6 Economic Downswing and a World Championship, 1925 122
7 The End of a Dream, 1926-1928 142
8 "A General Understanding": Organized Baseball and Black Professional Baseball, 1900-1930 164
9 A New Bolden and a New League, 1928-1929 187
10 End of a Team, End of an Era, 1930-1932 205
Appendix A: Attendance 231
Appendix B: Yearly Records: Hilldale, Eastern Colored League, American Negro League, East-West League 232
Appendix C: Rosters, 1910-1932 235
Notes 239
Bibliography 273
Index 283
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