The Independent Carolina Baseball League, 1936-1938: Baseball Outlaws (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 299 pages
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Shortly after the independent Carolina League was formed in 1936, officials of the National Association of Professional Baseball--which oversaw what was known as "organized baseball," including the major leagues--began a campaign to destroy the league. The NAPB declared the Carolina League "outlaw" and blacklisted its players because their teams were pirating professionally-contracted ballplayers with the lure of higher wages, small-town hero worship and a career off-season. Backed into a corner, the Carolina League wore its "outlaw" label with a defiant swagger, challenging the all-powerful monopoly of organized professional baseball and its standard player contract. This complete history of the league reveals how it persevered through three tumultuous seasons, fueled by the tight-knit community spirit of North Carolina Piedmont textile towns. Over its three seasons of existence, the Carolina League attracted professional baseball players from all over the country and it gave the players control over their careers, setting a standard that was resisted until free agency was adopted in 1973.
  

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Contents

Preface
1
The Race Begins
89
Dog Days and Bad Tempers
109
A Playo Circus
129
The 937 Season
155
Stealing Swapping and Surviving
193
A Turbulent Wake
226
Carolina Textile League Statistics 935
239
Some Financial Records
258
Bibliography
275
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

R.G. (Hank) Utley is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and coauthor of Outlaw Ballplayers: Interviews and Profiles from the Independent Carolina Baseball League (2006). He lives in High Point, North Carolina. Scott Verner is a news editor at The Charlotte Observer. He lives in Concord, North Carolina.

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