Outsider Baseball: The Weird World of Hardball on the Fringe, 1876-1950

Outsider Baseball: The Weird World of Hardball on the Fringe, 1876-1950

by Scott Simkus
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Outsider Baseball: The Weird World of Hardball on the Fringe, 1876-1950 by Scott Simkus

Outsider Baseball is the story of a forgotten world, where independent professional ball clubs zig-zagged across America, plying their trade in big cities and small villages alike.  Included among the former and future major leaguers were mercenaries, scalawags, and outcasts. This is where Babe Ruth, Rube Waddell, and John McGraw crossed bats with the Cuban Stars, Tokyo Giants, Brooklyn Bushwicks, dozens of famous Negro league teams, and novelty acts such as the House of David and Bloomer Girls.

            Legends emerged in this alternate baseball universe and author Scott Simkus sets out to share their stories and use a critical lens to separate fact from fiction. Written in a gritty prose style, Outsider Baseball combines meticulous research with modern analytics, opening the door to an unforgettable funhouse of baseball history.

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ISBN-13: 9781613748169
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Scott Simkus is the founder and editor of the Outsider Baseball Bulletin. He is the winner of a research award from the Society of American Baseball Research for his work on the Negro League Database.

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Outsider Baseball: The Weird World of Hardball on the Fringe, 1876-1950 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
New Insight to the History of Baseball I think I might like the history of baseball more than the game itself. Since finishing Jackie Robinson's memoir My Own Story and then starting the latest book by Hayhurst, I picked up this book without realizing what an engaging and fast read it would be! I loved learning about all the hidden gems of "Outsider Baseball". I didn't mind the diversity of topics that the author touched upon, but rather enjoyed the light nature of it all. I recommend it!