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The Minors

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  9 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews

This impressive history of baseball in the smaller towns and cities of the U.S. is divided into three sections. The first covers the years from 1877 to 1920, when the modern game was evolving and the general outlines of major and minor leagues were taking shape; the second treats the period from 1920 to 1950, the golden age of the minors; the third is devoted to the expan
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 15th 1990 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1990)
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Jason Powers
I read this book to see if there are stories missed in my understanding of the Minor League game from 1903-1960. Neil compiled a nice history of various teams (Baltimore, for example) that were the cream of the crop for a substantial amount of time. Some will find his analysis a bit biting in regards to the majors, as he does often portray this battle as black hat - white hat.

He is though reinforcing the obvious departure from independent minor league systems, that sold talent rather freely, to
Oct 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For every time Sullivan says he isn't waxing rhapsodic about minor league baseball, that is what he ends up doing. Countless times he goes on about how the major leagues ruined strong independent minor league teams, or entire leagues. He practically rages about how major league owners are selfish and bad business men. And, that minor league teams built strong regional rivalries and ties with their local community.

After awhile it wears thin, much as it does in Neal Lanctot's book about the Negro
Marianne Stehr
Mar 19, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love Baseball, but this is written like an encyclopedia and not at all interesting, gave up very quickly!
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