The ManDak League

Haven for Former Negro League Ballplayers, 1950–1957

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About the Book

The ManDak League may be one of baseball’s best kept secrets. Operating in Manitoba and North Dakota from 1950 to 1957, it was the outlet for former Negro Leaguers to continue playing and entertaining fans, occupying fields with ex-major leaguers, minor league stars and some of the best Manitoba-, North Dakota–,and Minnesota-born players. It featured such greats as Willie Wells, Leon Day, Ray Dandridge and Satchel Paige, who pitched briefly for the Minot Mallards in 1950.
In Part I, chapters on each of the ManDak’s eight seasons provide detailed information on the stadiums, franchise and league personnel, pennant races, and standout performances. In Part II, a comprehensive listing of profiles presents basic information on the league’s players, their baseball backgrounds, and their accomplishments in the ManDak and other leagues. Emphasis is given to former Negro Leaguers, many of whom finished their careers in the ManDak League. Appendices provide batting and pitching records, rosters, and rules of conduct.

About the Author(s)

Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) member Barry Swanton is retired from coaching and managing baseball in Winnipeg, Canada. He was recently inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame for his promotion of baseball and baseball history in that province.

Bibliographic Details

Barry Swanton
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 232
Bibliographic Info: 14 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2510-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      1

I. History of the League      5

1. The 1950 Season      5

2. The 1951 Season      22

3. The 1952 Season      29

4. The 1953 Season      35

5. The 1954 Season      42

6. The 1955 Season      49

7. The 1956 Season      54

8. The 1957 Season      59

9. The End of the ManDak League      63

II. Player Profiles      65

Appendix I. 1950 Minot Mallards Team Rules      182

Appendix II. Batting and Pitching Records      183

Appendix III. Rosters      204

Bibliography      211

Index      213

Book Reviews & Awards

“a labor of love”—Primetimes; “this is one book for which I’ve been waiting…does not disappoint…I can’t recommend this book enough”—Minor League Researcher; “chronicles what may be one of baseball’s best kept secrets from the era called the Golden Age of Baseball”—The Cloverdale Reporter.