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Articles from Vol. 19, No. 1, Fall

1970s Baseball Diplomacy between Cuba and the United States
On any other day, the sight of fifty thousand fans filing into Havana's Estadio Latinamericano for a baseball game would have been unremarkable. What drew the crowd to the stadium on March 28, 1999, however, was the opportunity to see Major League...
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After Many a Summer: The Passing of the Giants and Dodgers and a Golden Age in New York Baseball
Robert E. Murphy. After Many a Summer: The Passing of the Giants and Dodgers and a Golden Age in New York Baseball. New York: Union Square Press, 2009. 418 pp. Cloth, $24.95. The Dodgers have now played longer in Los Angeles (since 1958) than they...
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Baseball Fiends and Flying Machines: The Many Lives and Outrageous Times of George and Alfred Lawson
Jerry Kuntz. Baseball Fiends and Flying Machines: The Many Lives and Outrageous Times of George and Alfred Lawson. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009. 232 pp. Paper, $29.95. The many lives of George and Alfred "Al" Lawson are told humorously, intelligently,...
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Baseball in Palau: Passion for the Game from 1925-2007
Donald R. Shuster. Baseball in Palau: Passion for the Game from 1925-2007. Guam: Micronesian Area Research Center, University of Guam, 2008. 225 pp. Paper, $28.00. Fifteen years ago, I returned to the United States after living in Japan for two...
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Black Barons of Birmingham: The South's Greatest Negro League Team and Its Players
Larry Powell. Black Barons of Birmingham: The South's Greatest Negro League Team and Its Players. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009. 226 pp. Paper, $29.95. Larry Powell's Black Barons of Birmingham is a curious work that offers some new ground for...
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Commissioner A. B. "Happy" Candler and the Integration of Major League Baseball: A Reassessment
On April 24, 1945, United States Senator and former Kentucky governor A. B. "Happy" Chandler learned that he had been elected the second commissioner of Major League Baseball. Chandler's six-year tenure in this post would prove to be a momentous period...
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Danny Gardella and Baseball's Reserve Clause: A Working-Class Stiff Blacklisted in Cold War America
When former New York Giants outfielder Danny Gardella died at age eighty-five on March 6, 2005, the baseball world paid little attention to his passing. But in the late 1940s, Gardella posed a clear and present danger to the baseball establishment...
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For the Good of the Game, 1923
PREFACE Baseball does not operate in a vacuum, and moral quandaries are not left at the entrance to the ballpark. In 1923, a ballplayer is under fire for questionable tactics, and his manager is under fire for a difficult decision. Lee Fohl faced...
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Iron Man McGinnity: A Baseball Biography
Don Doxsie. Iron Man McGinnity: A Baseball Biography. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009. 214 Pp. Paper, $29.95. Back in the 1960s, a major-league star at the peak of his career would normally have been the subject of a book-length biography. For better...
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John Henry Moss: Baseball's Miracle Man
Bob Terrell. John Henry Moss: Baseball's Miracle Man. Fairview, NC: Ridgetop Books, 2008.184 pp. Paper, $16.00. Few people who are not devotees of the low-minor leagues will even recognize the name of John Henry Moss. Out of the national spotlight,...
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Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain
Marty Appel. Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain. New York: Doubleday. 2009. 376 pp. Cloth, $26.00 Marty Appel has pitched both ends of a doubleheader. In 1977, he helped write Thurman Munson's autobiography, and now, more than three...
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No Minor Accomplishment: The Revival of New Jersey Professional Baseball
Bob Golon. No Minor Accomplishment: The Revival of New Jersey Professional Baseball. New Brunswick, NJ: Rivergate Books, 2008. 215 pp. Paper, $19.95. In this book, New Jersey native Bob Golon provides a fascinating and insightful account of the...
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Ray Schalk: A Baseball Biography
Brian Cooper. Ray Schalk: A Baseball Biography. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009. Paper, $29.95. Enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame are no less than thirteen pitchers and catchers who were batterymates at one time or another during their...
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Ronald Reagan, Peter Ueberroth, and the 1980s
Think of the United States in the 1970s, and what are the first images that leap to mind? For most of us, the 1970s conjure up realms of pop-culture tackiness: the laughable fads and fashions of the "Me Decade," the leisure suits, roller skates, and...
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Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend
Larry Tye. Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend. New York: Random House, 2009. Cloth, $26.00. "This is the West, sir," proclaims a character in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, John Ford's cinematic ode to the closing of the American...
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Ted Williams and the 1969 Washington Senators: The Last Winning Season
Ted Leavengood. Ted Williams and the 1969 Washington Senators: The Last Winning Season. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009. 241 pp. Paper, $29.95. Stephen J. Walker. A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators. Clifton, VA: Pocol Press, 2009....
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Ted Williams: There Goes the Greatest Hitter That Ever Lived
Ted Williams: There Goes the Greatest Hitter That Ever Lived. Produced by Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein. HBO Sports, 2009. This is an excellent documentary film on the Hall of Fame career and tempestuous life of Ted Williams, variously nicknamed...
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The 1976 Cincinnati Reds: Last Hurrah for the Big Red Machine
Doug Feldman. The 1976 Cincinnati Reds: Last Hurrah for the Big Red Machine. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009. 266 pp. Paper, $35.00. Daryl Smith. Making the Big Red Machine: Bob Howsam and the Cincinnati Reds of the 1970$. Jefferson, NC: McFarland,...
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The American Association Almanac: A Baseball History Journal, 1902-1952
Rex Hamann. The American Association Almanac: A Baseball History Journal, 1902-1952. Andover, MN: self-published tri-annually. $21.00 Der year. Life-long baseball fan Rex Hamann has published The American Association Almanac for the past eight years....
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The Boys of Brooklyn Never Had a Problem: Sandlot Ball in the Age of Jackie Robinson
"It could only have happened in Brooklyn." With these words, Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella summed up the episode that brought Jackie Robinson to the big leagues. Baseball entrepreneur Bill Veeck agreed: "If Jackie Robinson was the ideal man...
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The Early Image of Black Baseball: Race and Representation in the Popular Press, 1871-1890
James E. Brunson III. The Early Image of Black Baseball: Race and Representation in the Popular Press, 1871-1890. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009. Paper, $39.95. Although the majority of segregated black baseball was played before the advent of the...
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The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a Heart-Stopping World Series: The Story of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds
Joe Posnanski. The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a Heart-stopping World Series: The Story of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds. New York: William Morrow, 2009.302 pp. Cloth, $25.99. The 1970s Cincinnati Reds, remembered to history as the Big...
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The Wizard of Waxahachie: Paul Richards and the End of Baseball as We Knew It
Warren Corbett. The Wizard of Waxahachie: Paul Richards and the End of Baseball as We Knew It. Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 2009. 430 pp. Cloth, $24.95. Often characterized as a tall, tough, silent Texan, Paul Richards spent much...
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Under the March Sun: The Story of Spring Training
Charles Fountain. Under the March Sun: The Story of Spring Training. New York: Oxford, 2009. 311 pp. Paper, $24.95. Charles Fountain brings the history of baseball's annual rites of spring to life in the pages of his book, Under the March Sun: The...
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War Games: The Business of Major League Baseball during World War II
The 1941 winter Major League Baseball meetings in Chicago promised to be an important event. Throughout the 1941 season, Donald Barnes, the president of the American League's St. Louis Browns, laid the groundwork with his fellow owners to approve the...
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Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee
Allen Barra. Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee. New York: W. W. Norton, 2009. 451 pp. Cloth, $27.95. As he states in the introduction to his biography of the iconic New York ballplayer, Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee, Allen Barra's goal is to separate the...
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