Beginning in an era before traffic jams, air-conditioning, and Atlanta’s ascension to international fame, Tim Darnell chronicles the emergence of amateur and minor-league baseball in various forms in Atlanta from just after the Civil War through the rise of the Crackers (1901–65).
Through never-before-published player interviews, rare illustrations, extensive charts and statistics, and thorough research, Darnell examines the drama and politics that affected the Crackers over the years. Also profiled is the Black Crackers, Atlanta’s Negro Southern League franchise whose success and popularity paralleled those of their white counterparts.
The Crackers is a light-hearted, fun, and engrossing history of a time, a people, and one very special centerfield magnolia tree whose stories are legend to this day.
Includes a Crackers Trivia Quiz, and appendices with records and statistics.
|Publisher:||University of Georgia Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)|
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What People are Saying About This
Before we had the Braves, the Crackers were our team.
I loved this book which brought back some wonderful memories of the majesty of the Crackers and the magic of baseball. It's a home run.
There has always been something very magical about the early days of
minor-league baseball and Tim Darnell makes that magic come alive in
Crackers. Makes one wonder how Andruw Jones would manage a magnolia in his
Jim Huber, CNN/Sports Illustrated commentator and author of A Thousand Goodbyes
Tim Darnell has not only written one of the finest books on minor league
baseball, but one of the very best books on the game itself.
Bruce Chadwick, author of When the Games Was Black and White: The Illustrated History of Baseball's Negro Leagues
I cannot think of a more perfect gift book for anyone who has the thrill of America's greatest game surging through his or her soul.
When people ask me what my team is, I say, 'Well, it used to be the Crackers...,' and then my voice trails off in this poignantly deracinated way. Those people need to read this book.
This is a must-read for anyone who gets teary at the magnolia in what once
was centerfield at old Poncey, my generation's field of dreams.
Paul Hemphill, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of The Heart of the Game: The Education of a Minor-League Ballplayer
I can recall the lineup of Paul Richards's 1938 Southern League champions as if it hadn't been sixty-five years ago. This book stirs up some treasured memories.
Tim Darnell took me on a vivid journey back to visit with my boyhood
heroes, the Atlanta Crackers. A great trip through a special time in
Ernie Harwell, Baseball Hall of Famer and Atlanta Crackers radio announcer, 1943-1948
This affectionately conceived and executed history is a real work of love:
love of place, people and a game. It is an informative and considered
glimpse of a beautiful game played during an ugly time. It is proof that
everyone's history is important.
Percival Everett, author of Suder