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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 01, Brad rated it really liked it Shelves: It's always fascinating to read about the Negri Leagues and wonder what if. So many guys would've been so good in the majors. This book keeps that going. A little dry in parts, it still tells a great story of the white ballplayers who, wittingly or not, ushered in integration.
Dizzy Dean was the first to see the money to be made in barnstorming with the black players, and he fully supported how good they were. As they played throughout the Midwest, south and west, all kinds of future major leagu It's always fascinating to read about the Negri Leagues and wonder what if.
As they played throughout the Midwest, south and west, all kinds of future major leaguers and hall of famers played against them. And surprisingly it was Ted Williams who called on the Hall of Fame to honor them. Not as sad as Josh Gibson's biography and not as in-depth and entertaining as Buck O'Neill's, but still a good read on an interesting part of American sports history. Mar 17, George Polansky rated it really liked it Shelves: baseball.
A well written and well researched book. It is a must read for any one interested in the intolerance of the baseball owners on the major league level. Feb 28, Matthew Raskind rated it it was ok Shelves: reading-list. Covers a fascinating period in baseball history, but the writing style makes it difficult to get engrossed - the writer focuses on reporting baseball results rather than really telling a narrative.
Sep 01, Eric Stone rated it liked it. A very interesting period of baseball history and three really fascinating characters should have added up to a better book than this. There was plenty of fun stuff, stories here and there some of which I already knew and some of which I didn't, but it was more like a long recitation of whatever facts the author could dredge up about the integrated barnstorming during off-season baseball in the s, '30s and '40s.
There was a lot more concern for unearthing statistics about the games and playe A very interesting period of baseball history and three really fascinating characters should have added up to a better book than this. There was a lot more concern for unearthing statistics about the games and players than there was for putting the story into the sort of historic, sociological and economic context that would have made for a truly great book.
I'm enough of a baseball fan, and Satchell Paige is one of my all-time favorite players, that I enjoyed reading the book. But I imagine that anyone who isn't a fan isn't going to find much of interest in the book. A great baseball book transcends the statistics to become about greater, more general themes eg. Moneyball and this one didn't quite manage to do that. Aug 25, Ryan rated it liked it. I never got the sense of an overall thesis - this was a recounting of the experiences of Dean, Paige and Roberts.
Dean and Paige were very focused on making money. They were showmen first, in many ways, and ball players second. I was distressed that they would leave in the 5th inning to get to their next gig. I have, I realize, an idealized view of baseball. Owners certainly were out to make money as well, and they thought little of the source of their income - players were often poorly paid, and I never got the sense of an overall thesis - this was a recounting of the experiences of Dean, Paige and Roberts. Owners certainly were out to make money as well, and they thought little of the source of their income - players were often poorly paid, and there wasn't insurance or anything to protect them.
Barnstorming could put the player in control - Paige and Dean certainly took control of their image and income through this type of play. Jun 25, Tj Lange rated it liked it.
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This book could have been a lot better. I have read many pieces on barnstorming and this one would fall in the bottom half. The author has such an amazing topic to write on yet misses the plate. He was all over the place and several times I had to re-read to follow along. I am Disappointed as I had high expectations that weren't close to met. I was extremely surprised to see from the author's bio that this book wasnt his first attempt at baseball because as I was reading I thought he was new to This book could have been a lot better.
I was extremely surprised to see from the author's bio that this book wasnt his first attempt at baseball because as I was reading I thought he was new to the game. Jul 11, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction.
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So much about baseball I don't know or remember. Although I ended up skimming a good bit because of all the individuals and stats I really wasn't interested in, I loved the stories of these three baseball greats. And the best part is that my dad was one of the semi-pros in the early 30s who actually got a couple hits off of Satchel Paige when he came to Philllipsburg, NJ for a barnstorming game though the game wasn't covered in this book.
Mar 01, Everett Corder rated it really liked it. Love Satch, and this book does a good job focusing on one area of his colorful career. Barnstorming at its height is a crazy tale and stark contrast from baseball of today, but that's what makes this book so interesting. May 01, Jeff Pollard rated it did not like it Shelves: sports. Not a lot of anecdotes or memories.