Baseball in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Images of Baseball Series)

Baseball in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Images of Baseball Series)


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738542232
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 10/20/2006
Series: Images of Baseball Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,154,762
Product dimensions: 6.58(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.36(d)

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

Acknowledgments     6
Foreword     7
Introduction     9
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!