The Negro Leagues Revisited

Conversations with 66 More Baseball Heroes

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About the Book

This is a followup volume to the acclaimed Voices from the Negro Leagues, (McFarland, 1998; softcover 2005) which features interviews with 52 former Negro League players from the 1920s to 1960s. Interviewed in this new volume are Bobby Robinson, Double Duty Radcliffe, Red Lindsay, Pullman Porter, Earl Wilson, Sr., Percy Reed, Joe Burt Scott, Willie Simms, Bo Campbell, Big Train Dudley, Mex Johnson, Buck O’Neil, Herbert Barnhill, Bernard Fernandez, Dick Powell, Jimmy Barnes, Charlie Biot, Monk Favors, Alton King, Buster Haywood, Casey Jones, Hickey Redd, Tommy Sampson, John Gibbons, Schoolboy Gulley, Schoolboy Kimbrough, Briefcase Simpson, Doc Dennis, Ralph Johnson, Lefty LaMarque, Junior Miller, Tex Williams, Baby Face Peatros, Big Jim McCurine, Eddie Williams, Zipper Zapp, Billy Fender, Dave Pope, Bill Powell, Marvin Price, Bob Scott, Dirk Gibbons, Hoss Ritchey, Lefty Bo Maddix, Hank Presswood, Mickey Stubblefield, Josh Gibson, Jr., Bobo Henderson, Fancy Dan Porter, Jumpin Johnny Wilson, Quack Brown, Granny Gladstone, Hoppy Hopkins, Carl Long, Jim Robinson, Juan Armenteros, Peanut Johnson, Eddie Reed, Ricky Maroto, Peachhead Mitchell, Ted Rasberry, Pedro Sierra, Jim Cobbin, Dick Scruggs, Sonny Webb and Tommy Taylor. Rare personal photographs and complete-as-possible statistics supplement the interviews.

About the Author(s)

Brent Kelley, a retired equine veterinarian from Lexington, Kentucky, is the author of numerous McFarland baseball books.

Bibliographic Details

Brent Kelley

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 399
Bibliographic Info: 124 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010 [2000]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4695-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1236-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

A Note on Statistics      ix
Introduction      1

Part One: The 1920s and the 1930s      3
William “Bobby” Robinson (1925)      5
Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe (1926)      10
William “Red” Lindsay (1931)      18
Andy “Pullman” Porter (1932)      23
Earl Wilson, Sr. (1934)      28
Percy Reed (1935)      32
Joe Burt Scott (1936)      36
Willie Simms (1936)      44
Jeff “Bo” Campbell (1937)      52
James “Big Train” Dudley (1937)      55
Byron “Mex” Johnson (1937)      60
John “Buck” O’Neil (1937)      65
Herbert Barnhill (1938)      70
Bernard Fernandez (1938)      79
Dick Powell (1938)      83
William “Jimmy” Barnes (1939)      89
Charlie Biot (1939)      94
Thomas “Monk” Favors (1939)      102
Alton King (1939)      105
Albert “Buster” Haywood (1940)      109
Clinton “Casey” Jones (1940)      113
Ulysses “Hickey” Redd (1940)      117
Tommy Sampson (1940)      123

Part Two: The 1940s      129
John Gibbons (1941)      131
Napoleon “Schoolboy” Gulley (1941)      135
Larry “Switch Player” Kimbrough (1941)      142
Herb “Briefcase” Simpson (1941)      148
Wesley Dennis (1942)      154
Ralph “Big Cat” Johnson (1942)      158
Jim “Lefty” LaMarque (1942)      164
Ray “Junior” Miller (1942)      170
Marvin “Tex” Williams (1943)      175
Maurice Peatros (1944)      181
Jim McCurine (1945)      188
Eli “Eddie” Williams (1945)      194
Jim “Zipper” Zapp (1945)      197
Benny “Billy” Felder (1946)      205
Dave Pope (1946)      209
Bill Powell (1946)      215
Marvin Price (1946)      222
Bob Scott (1946)      228
Walter “Dirk” Gibbons (1947)      234
John “Hoss” Ritchey (1947)      239
Raydell Maddix (1948)      242
Hank Presswood (1948)      249
Mickey Stubblefield (1948)      253
Josh Gibson, Jr. (1949)      256
Neale “Bobo” Henderson (1949)      261
Merle Porter (1949)      265
“Jumpin’ Johnny” Wilson (1949)      268
Clifford Brown (1950)      280
Granville “Granny” Gladstone (1950)      283

Part Three: The 1950s and the 1960s      287
Gordon “Hoppy” Hopkins (1952)      289
Carl Long (1952)      303
Jim Robinson (1952)      309
Juan Armenteros (1953)      314
Mamie “Peanut” Johnson (1953)      316
Eddie Reed (1953)      320
Enrique “Ricky” Maroto (1954)      324
Bob “Peachhead” Mitchell (1954)      329
Ted Rasberry (1954)      336
Pedro Sierra (1954)      342
Jim Cobbin (1956)      349
Eugene “Dick” Scruggs (1956)      356
William “Sonny” Webb (1958)      360
Tommy Taylor (1959)      369

Bibliography      377
Index      379

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “wonderful reading for baseball fans”—Booklist
  • “voluminous…top-notch work”—Public Library Quarterly
  • “eyewitness accounts from the men who endured both the good and the bad of black ball”—USA Today Sports Weekly
  • “stories of discrimination, of competition and of playing baseball in a segregated society”—Baseball America
  • “visits with Negro Leaguers from the 1920s–30s, the 1940s and the 1950s”—The SABR Bulletin