Galveston survived the Great Depression with a healthy dose of baseball, boll weevils and bootleg business. Farmers like future Galveston Buccaneers star Buck Fausett fled the insect infestation of North Texas for the city's sunny shores along with throngs of visitors eager to visit Sam Maceo's clubs and catch a ballgame. Galvestonians had a long love affair with America's favorite pastime, fielding the first game played in the state. Cotton heir Shearn Moody purchased the Buccaneers in 1931 and turned the languishing squad into a dominating force that won the 1934 Texas League Championship. Author Kris Rutherford weaves a captivating history of the Moody family, a team of talented players and the island that claimed them.
About the Author
Kris Rutherford is an author and Texas native. This is his third book on Texas League Baseball history, and he has published two middle-grade sports novels. He provides historical content for the Texas League Newsletter published on MiLB.com. He currently works full time as a grant writer in Arkansas. He and his wife, Karen, are publishers of the Lamar County, Texas newspaper the Roxton Progress. This is his second book with The History Press. Visit www.krisrutherford.com to learn more.
Table of Contents
Foreword E. Douglas McLeod 9
1 Laying the Cornerstone 19
2 Early Gains and Growing Pains 25
3 Poverty and Prosperity: Grant County and Galveston 31
4 One Great Storm, Two Natural Disasters 37
5 A Taxing Return 61
6 Investing in the Future 77
7 Early Returns 85
8 One Splendid Season 103
9 Declining Dreams and Devastating Losses 141
About the Author 171