“Sunday Coming”

Black Baseball in Virginia, 2d ed.

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About the Book

From Winchester to Tidewater, Danville to Fairfax, black baseball is the longest-running form of entertainment and recreation in the black communities of Virginia. For five decades, the black teams of Old Dominion played their form of Negro league baseball in rural pastures, city parks, and, for a forunate few, minor league stadiums. The players and humble facilities mirrored the essence of what evolved into the professional Negro leagues—the same fast-paced play and showmanship, complemented by memorable and charismatic athletes. This history tells the story of black baseball in Virginia, thoroughly illustrated with historical photographs. Through Jim Crow segregation, the Civil Rights Movement and the early stages of integration, black baseball in Virginia meant family and community. This history tells the stories of these communities and players, often day laborers who gave it all on the field after a grueling day’s work. These men and their families are documented here as an important piece of history for both baseball and the state of Virginia. The second edition expands the timeline covered to include the 1920s, with a new chapter on Virginia native and black baseball legend Pete Hill.

About the Author(s)

Darrell J. Howard, author, consultant, researcher and SABR member, lives in Barboursville, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Darrell J. Howard
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 15 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9615-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5455-3
Imprint: McFarland