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Willie Howarth loved baseball. He loved it all the more because he was a cripple. The game was more beautiful and wonderful to him because he would never be able to play it. For Willie had been born with one leg shorter than the other; he could not run and at 11 years of age it was all he could do to walk with a crutch. Nevertheless Willie knew more about baseball than any other boy on Madden's Hill. An uncle of his had once been a ballplayer and he had taught Willie the fine points of the game. And this uncle's ballplayer friends, who occasionally visited him, had imparted to Willie the vernacular of the game. So that Willie's knowledge of players and play, and particularly of the strange talk, the wild and whirling words on the lips of the real baseball men, made him the envy of every boy on Madden's Hill, and a mine of information.
About this Baseball Book:Whatever happened to the good ol' days when baseball was fun? In recent headlines umpires are getting attacked, parents are fighting, coaches are over-bearing, and everyone seems to be taking what should be a fun game and turning it into a nightmare for kids and families alike. This baseball book addresses this issue with the perspective and advice of over 20 current coaches, parents, and experts. This is a must read for parents considering youth baseball as an activity and sport for their child. Coaches, Umpires, and Youth Baseball Leagues can use this as a guide to better understand that current attitudes and methods of coaching children.Get your copy today and see if you, your current coach, or league officials, are guilty of some of these practices that may be hurting children that play baseball.
This book brings into dramatic relief the dilemma, or devil's bargain, that faced the black press in first building up black baseball, then crusading for the sport's integration and, as a result of that largely successful campaign, ultimately encouraging and even ensuring the demise of those same black leagues. Taking a thematic approach, this book focuses each of its chapters on a singular event or phenomenon from and for each decade of the period covered, a period that spans the roughly four decades of the black leagues' existence. Thus, the book drills down on a handful of representative events and phenomena to present a history of the black press and black baseball. Themes include the many ways team owners and the weekly newspapers' editors and writers worked in concert to build up the leagues, the paired fortunes of black players and black writers, the desperation to save the Negro leagues when it became clear integration threatened their survival, and finally the black press's response to the residues of baseball's decades of segregation.
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