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I have been taking my time with Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Basebal.

And learning a lot.

While there were plenty of writers working to end segregation in the game, it was mostly the writers for the Black papers and the Communists.  The mainstream Baseball Writers Association of America was competely White.  Black writers weren't allowed to join, and they weren't allowed in the press boxes or clubhouses.

There were maybe a couple of major writers -- Haywood Broun, for one -- who actively promoted opening Organized Ball to Blacks.

What OB gave the public was a shell game.

Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis said there was no color barrier, and teams could sign whomever they wanted.  Some owners said the managers could sign any player they wanted.  The managers said the owners made the call.  Sometimes, owners would talk of the need to ensure the public was ready.

I am nearing the end of this excellent book.  I was planning to start another, but I'm feeling the urge to start rolling my '48 campaign.  So, I'll start that next week.



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Something cool happened this past week that ties into my recent reading.

Back in 2006, the Birmingham Barons did a series of bobbleheads, and at least two (the only ones I've seen listed thus far) were of members of the '48 Black Barons.

The two this particular seller was offering were Willie Mays, and player-manager Piper Davis.

The Mays bobble was priced at $100, a little much for me right now.  But I did snag the Davis bobble for $20 plus shipping.

One of these days, I'll snap a pic and post it.



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Another year, another Friends of the Seattle Public Library Book Sale.

stratfan70, terryB and I went to the sale once again, in search of additions for our baseball libraries.

At first, it didn't look like I would find much, if anything.  Could it be that I already have everything I might want?

Na-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ah... biggrin

Not a huge haul by past standards, I still managed to exit with nine books to add to my collection:

Our Game: An American Baseball History, by Charles Alexander.  Alexander has written a number of fine baseball histories and bios of greats such as Ty Cobb and John McGraw.

Walter Johnson: A Life, by Jack Kavanagh.  This one was the 1994 Macmillan/SABR Research Award Winner, so I am looking forward to reading it one of these days (I'm a little behind...).

The Lip: A Biography of Leo Durocher, by Gerald Eskenazi.

One Pitch Away: The Players' Stories of the 1986 League Championships and World Series, by Mike Sowell.  Sowell is the acclaimed author of The Pitch That Killed.

Honus Wagner: On His Life & Baseball, edited by William R. Cobb.

Bushville Wins!, by John Klima.  The story of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves, and their World Series Championship over the New York Yankees.

The Western League: A Baseball History, 1885 through 1999, by W.C. Madden and Patrick J. Stewart.

Southern League: A True Story of Baseball, Civil Rights, and the Deep South's Most Compelling Pennant Race, by Larry Colton.  Jackie Robinson had come and gone.  Every Major League team was integrated.  But this was 1964 in the Jim Crow South.  Birmingham, AL, the home of Bull Connor, who once broadcast Barons' games.  The author played for the Barons two years later.

And, just for fun...

1001 Fascinating Baseball Facts: Facts, Records, Anecdotes, Quotes, Lore, and More, by David Nemec and Pete Palmer.

We had a great time, followed -- as always -- by dinner at Five Guys Burgers and Fries (yes, another plug).



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I just finished reading Walter Johnson: A Life by Jack Kavanagh.  I liked it and Kavanagh has a real passion for baseball.  The book wasn't as polished as a book, by say, Alexander.  He also editorializes at times about the state of baseball today vs. yesteryear.  Currently reading a Hal Chase bio.



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glewis wrote:

I just finished reading Walter Johnson: A Life by Jack Kavanagh.  I liked it and Kavanagh has a real passion for baseball.  The book wasn't as polished as a book, by say, Alexander.  He also editorializes at times about the state of baseball today vs. yesteryear.  Currently reading a Hal Chase bio.


I've previously read two of his bios: Ol' Pete, and Uncle Robby.

I've read Alexander's bios of Ty Cobb, John McGraw and Rogers Hornsby, and his book, Breaking the Slump, about baseball in the Depression years.

They were all instrumental in providing background for earlier replays.



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Seajaw, TerryB and I sure had a great time yesterday getting together for the Library sale. Seajaw surprise Terryb and I with a photo that was taken at the M's no-hitter we attended last month. He had the pic blown up and also included a copy of the tickets and a copy of the Seattle Times with the headlines Incredible Kuma. He also gave TerryB an extra set of the 1954 season and I received the 1953 set that he had got in a mixup with Strat on an order. Seajaw also Bbq'd some brats for lunch.

Once again seajaw thanks for the goodies from yesterday, you're the man!!



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stratfan70 wrote:

Seajaw, TerryB and I sure had a great time yesterday getting together for the Library sale. Seajaw surprise Terryb and I with a photo that was taken at the M's no-hitter we attended last month. He had the pic blown up and also included a copy of the tickets and a copy of the Seattle Times with the headlines Incredible Kuma. He also gave TerryB an extra set of the 1954 season and I received the 1953 set that he had got in a mixup with Strat on an order. Seajaw also Bbq'd some brats for lunch.

Once again seajaw thanks for the goodies from yesterday, you're the man!!


Thanks again for coming up and making it such a great day. 



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Just thought I'd take a moment here to remind everyone of another thread we have here (just down the page a little if you backtrack to the list of threads in this forum):

http://somers.activeboard.com/t47174444/where-are-we/

I think it's about time we start hearing from other SOMers members to start arranging get-togethers.  As a Mod, I get to check member profiles, and I see we have groupings in several areas of the country.

So, get down to the Where Are We? thread and start making those connections.

You never know which group of our guys might get to see a no-hitter. wink



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It's been a while since I've done any serious baseball book hunting.

That's because I've been spending my money on collectables the last year or so.

I thought I'd toss these pics in here, so you can get a look at part of the book collection, and see how some of my stuff looks mounted on the wall.

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I've been moving some stuff around, and also hope to get some better lighting in the future.

As I get more pictures framed, they will extend along the wall to the left.  To the right is the left edge of the bookcase containing the binders full of things like the old scorecards I've been collecting.

The second pic shows that bookcase more fully.  The second and third shelves contain my replay binders.  To the right is the table where Strat Park is set up.

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Cool setup. Wish i could dedicate more space for my stuff, but simply don't have the room. Question, though; what do you have a-fixed to the tri-fold on your desk?

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pfunkone wrote:

Cool setup. Wish i could dedicate more space for my stuff, but simply don't have the room. Question, though; what do you have a-fixed to the tri-fold on your desk?


Thanks.

The tri-fold has all sorts of info.  On the far left flap, I have some of my home-brewed rules adaptations and a home-brewed injury chart, which is pro-rated to the number of games in my season.

The injury list is broken down for position players, starting pitchers and relievers.  Position players and relief pitchers are determined by number of days missed (not games, as I have days off written into my schedule, as well as doubleheaders).

Luck of the draw might mean some of the down time is days the club has off, or maybe that player will miss extra games, because there is a twinbill scheduled in there.

Starting pitchers are docked according to starts missed.

The center section contains transactions lists as I make my way through each series in my season.

The far right flap has my day-by-day schedule of games, and the chart for how many starts each team's pitchers are allotted for the season.  



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Wow!!! Now I am really envious.

Note: No computer. Hey Seaj, where are the candles, quill pen and ink well? wink

 

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Impressive seajaw - think we are all envious of the layout - and it is very tidy to boot !!!

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Tall Tactician wrote:

Wow!!! Now I am really envious.

Note: No computer. Hey Seaj, where are the candles, quill pen and ink well? wink

 

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-- Edited by Tall Tactician on Saturday 11th of February 2017 10:20:47 AM


Actually...

the computer is in another room in the basement, since we all take turns using it.

That's why I am sometimes in a hurry to get stuff typed.



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Eaglesfly wrote:

Impressive seajaw - think we are all envious of the layout - and it is very tidy to boot !!!


Thanks.

It's really not that tidy.

And I have a bunch more work to do, to get it to where I really want it.

I have several more framed pieces ready to go up on the section of wall I referred to, and I am waiting on a couple more.  When I get those, I can measure everything out, and hang them up.

Budget...budget...budget.  My biggest enemy in the process. hmm

Got Valentine's Day, my wife's birthday, my new SOM order, tix for the Edgar Martinez number retirement ceremony weekend...all on my plate now.  All of that really cuts into my eBay spending.



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