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1 A Grassroots History of Baseball: Days of the Rosewood Bat and the Silver Ball
Richard J Staats
2003, 5˝x8˝, paper, index, 164 pp, Heritage Books
The magical era of "Base Ball" exploded with enthusiasm across northeast Ohio in 1867. Base Ball clubs sprung up in every city, small town, and hamlet. Challenges to "matches" flew through the area. Perhaps Base Ball matches were a form of escapism during the Civil War, but baseball seemed to bring out the best in Americans-bravery, good sportsmanship, self-discipline, and a striving to do one's best. The author's original research focused on the quest of the Ravenna Star Base Ball Club to win its own trophy, "the Rosewood Bat and the Silver Ball," at the Portage County Fair in 1867. In order to present a better picture of the atmosphere in which the Star Club played, as well as satisfy historical inquisitiveness, other areas of Base Ball have been included. Contemporary newspaper articles preserve the aura, the excitement, the high value of sportsmanship, the humor, and the community pride that accompanied our National Pastime. Vintage photographs enliven the text.
Price: 18.50 USD

Sandlot: “The Soul of Baseball”, William A. Aleshire

2 Sandlot: “The Soul of Baseball”
William A. Aleshire
(2005), 2007, 5˝x8˝, paper, index, 252 pp, Heritage Books
This is a story about black sandlot baseball teams and some of their individual team members who played in and around Prince George's County, Maryland. Through photographs, text, personal interviews and newspaper accounts, this book enlightens the reader about the exciting and fascinating story of the Washington Blacksox and other sandlot baseball teams who emerged before and after Jackie Robinson had broken the major league baseball color barrier in 1947. This is the first written documentation of these local baseball teams. These teams received little public notice while playing sandlot baseball for fun and the love of the game. The book also acknowledges those Negro league teams that played in Prince George's County as well as the local players who were members. Therefore, this book is a must for historians and serves as a perfect backdrop for exploring an "untold story" of the black baseball experience.
Price: 29.00 USD


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