The California Winter League: America's First Integrated Professional Baseball League

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"The California Winter League was the first to bring together Negro league teams and white professional teams in one league. Operating from October through February from the early part of the century until the late 1940s, it generally consisted of one or more Negro league teams, which included Hall-of-Famers Satchel Paige, Turkey Stearnes, Willie Wells, and Cool Papa Bell on their rosters, and three or more white teams made up of major league players who lived in California as well as minor leaguers from the top-rated Pacific Coast League." This
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Overview

"The California Winter League was the first to bring together Negro league teams and white professional teams in one league. Operating from October through February from the early part of the century until the late 1940s, it generally consisted of one or more Negro league teams, which included Hall-of-Famers Satchel Paige, Turkey Stearnes, Willie Wells, and Cool Papa Bell on their rosters, and three or more white teams made up of major league players who lived in California as well as minor leaguers from the top-rated Pacific Coast League." This first complete history provides an overview of the league's early years, detailed summaries for the official seasons of 1920 through 1947 and accounts of the exciting pennant races between the Negro league teams and the white professional teams. Appendices provide extensive statistical information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786413010
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/22/2002
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1. California--From Wasteland to Fantasyland 5
2. The California Winter League--An Overview 9
3. The Early Years 1900-1919 24
4. Season Summaries 1920-1924 66
5. Season Summaries 1925-1929 104
6. Season Summaries 1930-1934 143
7. Season Summaries 1935-1939 173
8. Season Summaries 1940-1944 201
9. Season Summaries 1945-1947 223
10. A Final Look Back 236
Appendix A. League Champions, Season by Season 243
Appendix B. Individual Career Leaders 245
Appendix C. Individual Season Leaders 247
Appendix D. Who's Who in the California Winter League 249
Appendix E. Batters vs. Pitchers 298
Appendix F. Batting Statistics, League to League 305
Appendix G. Satchel Paige's Spectacular 1933-34 Winter League Record 308
Appendix H. Satchel Paige vs. Bob Feller 309
Bibliography 311
Index 313
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