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Hardball in the House of David

Hardball in the House of David

A History of the Barnstorming Teams, 1915-1956

by P. J. Dragseth
Paperback
Publication Date: 21/08/2021
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House of David barnstorming baseball (1915-1957) was played without pre-determined schedules, leagues, player statistics or standings. The Davids quickly gained popularity for their hirsute appearance and flashy, fast-paced style of play. During their 200 seasons, they travelled as many as 30,000 miles, criss-crossing the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Benton Harbor teams invented the pepper game and were winners year after year, becoming legends in barnstorming baseball. Initially a loose affiliation of players, the Davids expanded to three teams--Western, Central and Eastern--as their reputation grew, and hired outsiders to fill the rosters. Prominent among them were pitchers Grover Cleveland Alexander and Charlie "Chief" Bender, both player managers in the early 1930s. They resisted the color barrier, eagerly facing Negro League teams everywhere. In 1934, before their largest crowd to date, they defeated the first Negro team invited to the famed Denver Post Tournament, the great Kansas City Monarchs, for the championship.
ISBN:
9781476670119
9781476670119
Category:
Baseball
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
21-08-2021
Language:
English
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
254x177.8x11.79mm

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