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Overview

Although many people know Williamsport, Pennsylvania, as the "birthplace of Little League Baseball," it is a city with a rich professional baseball tradition. Since the earliest days of the Pennsylvania State Association in the nineteenth century, professional minor league baseball has flourished in Williamsport, and over the years 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 until the present.

This book breaks new ground by weaving in social history and collective biography to capture the essence of the minor league experience in one city. Drawing upon local Williamsport newspapers, extensive oral histories of former players, baseball administrators, boosters and fans, rare photograph collections, and primary source material from the Baseball Hall of Fame Library and Archives, Gateway to the Majors reconstructs the totality of the professional baseball experience.

Beyond chronicling the seasons, this book sheds light on the contributions of Williamsport native Tommy Richardson as a pioneering minor league administrator and promoter of the game. The accompanying appendix of former Williamsport players who played in the Major Leagues is a valuable reference tool for baseball historians. This book also illustrates how the city’s relationship with baseball forged a distinct civic identity and national reputation as "Baseball Town, USA."

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Two historians offer a detailed account of professional minor league baseball in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, sometimes called the "birthplace of Little League baseball," from the earliest days of the Pennsylvania State Association in the 19th century to the present. Draws on local newspapers; oral histories of former players, baseball administrators, boosters, and fans; primary source material from the Baseball Hall of Fame Library and Archives; and rare photograph collections. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271020983
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: A Keystone Book ?
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

James P. Quigel Jr. is Head of Historical Collections and Labor Archives, Paterno Library, Penn State University. He grew up in the Williamsport area and has been a lifelong fan of Williamsport baseball.

Louis E. Hunsinger Jr. is a local baseball historian who lives in Williamsport. He is a reporter for the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and a member of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR). The authors previously collaborated on a pictorial history of professional baseball in Williamsport.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Town Ball to Pro Ball: The City Adopts a Game 7
2 Boosters, Promoters, and Promotions 45
3 Bowman Field: Gateway to the Majors 77
4 The New York-Pennsylvania League Era to Wartime Baseball, 1923-1945 97
5 Postwar Boom to Short-Season Bust: Williamsport Baseball in Transition, 1946-1972 117
6 Twilight of the Eastern League 147
7 Welcome Back to the New York-Penn League 159
Note on Sources 169
Appendix 173
Index 177
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