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.