Baton Rouge has always been a baseball town. The game was played by occupying Union troops during the Civil War, continued during the Reconstruction Period, and marched forward with the Louisiana State University Tigers in the 1890s. LSU would become one of the winningest teams in the history of the College World Series. Baton Rouge has hosted Southern University’s Jaguars and a variety of minor leagues, including the famous Evangeline League, as well as the powerhouse Esso team. An epidemic, floods, the Great Depression, and decades of racial tension have all impacted baseball in this city, but the game has endured.
About the Author
Authors Michael and Janice Bielawa present the first concise illustrated history of baseball in Baton Rouge. Michael Bielawa is a member of SABR and has written extensively about baseball; his wife Janice is a researcher and fine artist.
Table of Contents
The Birth of Baton Rouge Baseball 11
Realm of Brownies and Giants 33
Barnstorming in Baton Rouge 45
Powered by Esso 55
The Evangeline League-Wholly Louisiana! 67
The Lasting Legacy of Kids' Clinics 79
Baton Rouge's Boys of Summer 91
Pro Ball Returns 101
Tigers and Jaguars and Bears 111
Hometown Heroes 119
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Baton Rouge Baseball, like Bielawa's other Arcadia publication Bridgeport Baseball, is a rich pictorial memoir of not only the game, but of a city and its widespread association with the American pastime. Readers will enjoy learning about remarkable people, such as Moxie Manuel and surroundings, like Battle Park, that have defined Baton Rouge's long outstanding history in baseball. Little known facts and pictures uncovered from hours of research and personal interviews, as well as the knowledge and documentation that many famous ballplayers have traveled through Baton Rouge, make this a truly enjoyable read for every baseball fan!