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After the Civil War, the Yankee textile industry began a steady transfer south, bringing with it the tradition of a mill village, usually owned by the mill's owner, where the workers and their families lived. The new game of baseball quickly became a foundation of mill village life. A rich tradition of textile league baseball in South Carolina is here reconstructed from newspaper accounts and interviews with former players and fans. Players such as ""Shoeless"" Joe Jackson and Champ Summers made their marks as ""lintheads"" in these semipro leagues. The fierce rivalries between competing mills and the impact of the teams on mill life are recounted. Appendices list club records and rosters for many of the teams from 1880 through 1955.
"THE guide to this neglected aspect of sport in South Carolina"--The State (Columbia, South Carolina); "clearly a labor of love...Perry has made a useful contribution to our knowledge of South Carolina baseball"--South Carolina Historical Magazine; "quite a story and quite a research job"--Southern Partisan.
|Fun and Games||p. 6|
|Champ Osteen||p. 12|
|Fields, Trains, Bands and Such||p. 21|
|Shoeless Joe||p. 28|
|Fussin' and Fightin'||p. 40|
|The Maturing Years||p. 49|
|The Negro Textile Leagues||p. 61|
|War and Renaissance||p. 68|
|Decline and Fall||p. 80|
|Ed Brinson: A Time to Remember||p. 87|
|Alvin Danielson: Let the Memories Linger||p. 89|
|Johnny Wertz: A Touch of Class||p. 90|
|Harry Hedgepath: Special Man, Special Time||p. 92|
|Mrs. Harry Potts, Mrs. "Shag" Knox: Through Other Eyes||p. 93|
|George Blackwell: The Greatest||p. 96|
|Powerhouse Hawkins: A Thrill a Minute||p. 99|
|Earl Wooten: The Reign of the Earl||p. 103|
|Chapter Notes||p. 107|
|From the Mills to the Majors||p. 111|
|Records and Rosters||p. 117|
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Number Of Pages: 327
Published: 1st January 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.24 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Type: New edition