Gateway to the Majors: Williamsport and Minor League Baseball

Gateway to the Majors: Williamsport and Minor League Baseball

by James P. Quigel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271020989

ISBN-13: 9780271020983

Pub. Date: 06/28/2001

Publisher: Penn State University Press

Although many people know Williamsport as the "birthplace of Little League Baseball," it is also a city with a rich professional baseball tradition. Since the earliest days of the Pennsylvania State Association, professional minor league baseball has flourished in Williamsport, and hundreds of players and managers have passed through historic Bowman Field on their way

Overview

Although many people know Williamsport as the "birthplace of Little League Baseball," it is also a city with a rich professional baseball tradition. Since the earliest days of the Pennsylvania State Association, professional minor league baseball has flourished in Williamsport, and hundreds of players and managers have passed through historic Bowman Field on their way to the major leagues, including Jim Bunning, Ferguson Jenkins, and Nolan Ryan. Gateway to the Majors is a comprehensive history of professional minor league baseball in Williamsport from the earliest days up to the present. The accompanying appendix of former Williamsport players who played in the Major Leagues is a valuable reference tool for baseball historians. In addition, this book illustrates how the city's relationship with baseball forged a distinct civic identity and national reputation as "Baseball Town, USA."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271020983
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Series:
A Keystone Book ?
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction1
1Town Ball to Pro Ball: The City Adopts a Game7
2Boosters, Promoters, and Promotions45
3Bowman Field: Gateway to the Majors77
4The New York-Pennsylvania League Era to Wartime Baseball, 1923-194597
5Postwar Boom to Short-Season Bust: Williamsport Baseball in Transition, 1946-1972117
6Twilight of the Eastern League147
7Welcome Back to the New York--Penn League159
Note on Sources169
Appendix173
Index177

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