Miracle on the Eastern Shore

The 1937 Salisbury Indians and Baseball’s Greatest Comeback


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About the Book

In the summer of 1937 the Salisbury Indians, a Class D minor league team in rural Maryland, achieved national celebrity playing one of the most amazing comeback seasons in baseball history. Starting with 21–5, the club allegedly violated the Eastern Shore League’s rules by fielding more than four players with professional experience. Forfeiting their 21 wins and plummeting to the bottom of the standings, they went on to win 59 of their last 70 games, capturing the league pennant and playoffs championship.
This game-by-game account chronicles the extraordinary pitching and relentless hitting of one of the greatest minor league teams ever assembled, under the redoubtable leadership of D’Arcy “Jake” Flowers.

About the Author(s)

David A. Ranzan is the University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.

Bibliographic Details

David A. Ranzan
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 262
Bibliographic Info: 53 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9184-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5004-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Abbreviations vii
Preface 1
One—A New Era of Delmarva Baseball 5
Two—First 26 Games (May 19–June 18) 19
Three—The Brady Infraction 51
Four—The Climb (June 19–July 31) 58
Five—Domination on the Diamond (August 1–31) 93
Six—The Final Stretch (September 1–6) 126
Seven—Playoff Series 137
Eight—Exhibition Games 149
Nine—Indians in the Major Leagues 154
Player Biographical Sketches 157
Chapter Notes 213
Bibliography 245
Index 249