Black Baseball Out of Season: Pay for Play Outside of the Negro Leagues

Black Baseball Out of Season: Pay for Play Outside of the Negro Leagues

by William F. McNeil
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McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers


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Black Baseball Out of Season: Pay for Play Outside of the Negro Leagues

Negro League ballplayers, earning paychecks comparable to those of blue-collar workers, needed an off-season source of income to make ends meet. Many of them found the answer in baseball, by joining racially integrated barnstorming teams that toured the country after the regular season ended, or by playing in the organized winter leagues that operated in Florida, California, in a number of Caribbean countries, and in Central and South American countries.
This history recounts the experiences of American black ballplayers outside of the Negro Leagues-often in places where a lack of prejudice contrasted sharply with conditions at home. Tracing the development of the game in each location and the unique character of each winter league, it details the contributions of the Negro League players and collects their statistics in each of the winter leagues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786429011
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/16/2007
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

SABR member William F. McNeil of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is also the author of The Evolution of Pitching in Major League Baseball (2006), Backstop (2005), Visitors to Ancient America (2005), Cool Papas and Double Duties (2005), Gabby Hartnett (2004), The Single Season Home Run Kings (2003), The California Winter League (2002), Baseball's Other All-Stars (2000), Ruth, Maris, McGuire and Sosa (1999) and The King of Swat (1997). He is a four-time winner of the Society for American Baseball Research's Robert Peterson Award for increasing public awareness of Negro League baseball.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1. All Roads Lead to Florida 5

2. Cuban Paradise 30

3. 25th Infantry Regiment Baseball Team 52

4. California, Here I Come 62

5. Barnstorming 89

6. Puerto Rican Winters 111

7. Dominican Republic Adventures 134

8. Far Away in Venezuela 156

9. Other Venues 186

10. Looking Back 205

Appendix: Negro League Player Statistics 209

Bibliography 223

Index 225

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