Hardscrabble Diamonds

Postwar Baseball in New England and the Maritimes, 1945–1960

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About the Book

Part history, part memoir, part statistical analysis, this book tells the remarkable and largely forgotten story of how the baseball hotbed of Canada’s northeastern Maritime provinces evolved into “NCAA North” during the 1940s and 1950s. A summer training ground for players from leading U.S. college programs, the region attracted talented players seeking higher salaries than they could get in the American minor league system.
Major league organizations came to scout blue-chip prospects. In this competitive environment, only the best were able to crack the rosters of town teams in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Maine. A Quality of Competition Index for various northeast leagues provides major league equivalencies for selected players.

About the Author(s)

Colin Howell is professor emeritus from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax where he taught Canadian and sport history and the former editor of the Canadian Historical Review.

Bibliographic Details

Colin Howell
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9071-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4873-6
Imprint: McFarland