The first piece of real estate owned by pitcher Eddie Neville occupied most of a city block in Durham, N.C.: he was the master of Durham Athletic Park, a baseball arena whose unusual dimensions tortured batters from the right side, then teased left-handed swingers when they faced Neville and other southpaws. He was a little guy swallowed up by a loose-fitting flannel uniform, but a fan favorite who dominated the Carolina League for an entire season and went on to become the winningest pitcher in the history of the Durham Bulls.
A product of the Baltimore sandlots, Neville was the kind of local hero who made baseball so popular for fans of the 1940s and 1950s. His story is one of Class D pennant races in Tarboro, N.C., winter baseball in the Canal Zone and Panama, and 16-inning marathons with the Toledo Mud Hens, all the while chasing the elusive dream of playing in the big leagues. Eddie Neville of the Durham Bulls also provides unique looks at minor league personalities such as "Muscle" Shoals and "Turkey" Tyson and future major leaguers such as Tommy Lasorda and Dick Groat.
"A book as joyous as the summer game itself and it is packed with the names and the heroics of the people who were the heroes of the Carolina League...Kirkland has made sure the game's never over for those of us who know who Eddie Neville was"-News & Record
"well written, balanced, and especially well researched"-The North Carolina Historical Review
"from the moment I sat down...I was hooked...uniformly well written from beginning to end...one of the finest books I have read on the minors. This book is a must for anyone who has written, or even vaguely contemplating writing about the minors. We all can learn something from this book...impeccably researched...should be in everybody's baseball library"-SABR Minor League Committee Newsletter.
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 15th April 2014
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.32