Texas Baseball: A Lone Star Diamond History from Town Teams to the Big Leagues

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From pioneering superstars like Tris Speaker and Rogers Hornsby and Negro League standouts Smokey Joe Williams and Willie Well to present-day luminaries like Nolan Ryan, Texas has played a crucial role in the evolution of the national pastime. The Lone Star love of baseball stretches back to the Civil War. What began as friendly town games led to the formation of the Texas League in 1888, though it would be almost eight decades before the arrival of the Colt .45s, Texas's first major-league team, and another ...
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Overview

From pioneering superstars like Tris Speaker and Rogers Hornsby and Negro League standouts Smokey Joe Williams and Willie Well to present-day luminaries like Nolan Ryan, Texas has played a crucial role in the evolution of the national pastime. The Lone Star love of baseball stretches back to the Civil War. What began as friendly town games led to the formation of the Texas League in 1888, though it would be almost eight decades before the arrival of the Colt .45s, Texas's first major-league team, and another forty-three years until the Astros played in the World Series. From scrappers on the red dirt diamonds to the big-league stars of the Astros and Rangers, veteran sportswriter Clay Coppedge traces the state's long love affair with the sport in this first-ever comprehensive look at Texas baseball.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609495985
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,403,143
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Clay Coppedge has written for newspapers and magazines for more than thirty years, including fourteen as a sportswriter. He is currently a staff writer and columnist for Country World newspaper. Clay is also a columnist for TexasEscapes.com and a regular contributor to Texas Co-op Power magazine.
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Table of Contents

Opening Days 7

Forever Youngs 13

The Grey Eagle and Rajah 19

Uncle Billy, Bibb and Mr. Rickey 25

Dizzy Dazzled 35

Rube, Willie and Smokey Joe 41

"What's Wrong with Negro Baseball?" 49

Oilers, Cowboys and Education through Recreation 55

Battling a Slump 61

Big-League Dreams 67

You Can't Lose 'Em All 77

Dome Sweet Dome 83

Born Under a Bad Sign 91

The Psychedelic '70s 101

Turn for the Better 111

Some Divided Loyalties 125

Dreams of a Texas World Series 139

More Than a Game 149

World Series Reality 159

A Perfect Moment 163

The Baseball Gods Are Fickle 175

Postscript 179

Bibliography 181

Index 185

About the Author 192

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