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Title:
Baseball's other all-stars : the greatest players from the Negro Leagues, the Japanese leagues, the Mexican League, and the pre-1960 winter leagues in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic
Author:
McNeil, William.
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xi, 240 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780786407842
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Book

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Summary

Baseball is played in all corners of the world, so it is no surprise to learn that some of the greatest hardballers of all time never played on a U.S. major league diamond. Who knows what major league records would have been shattered had Sadaharu Oh of Japan, Josh Gibson of the Negro Leagues, Martin Dihigo of Cuba, Francisco Coimbre of Puerto Rico and Hector Espino of Mexico played in the United States. This work is a survey of the greatest baseball players who never played in the U.S. major leagues. The greatest players from the various professional leagues outside organized baseball in the United States are reviewed, and all-star teams are selected for each league. Finally, the author selects an "all-world all-star team" from the individual all-star teams from Japan, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Negro Leagues.


Author Notes

William F. McNeil is a longtime baseball historian and the author of numerous books on the game. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), he is the recipient of five Robert Peterson awards for increasing the public's awareness of the Negro Leagues. He lives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.


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Choice Review

@@These two fine books are very different in their methodologies. Wilson mines anew the seam of oral history first uncovered by Lawrence Ritter (Leagues Apart: The Men and Times of the Negro Baseball Leagues, 1995). He is particularly interested in recording recollections of the 1920s from the few surviving observers of that era, whether players or writers. Ray Hayworth (born in 1904) talks of playing for Ty Cobb; Karl Swanson (1900) describes eight grinding years of life in the minors before making the majors; Paul Hopkins (1904) describes what it was like to pitch to Babe Ruth; Harold Tinker (1905) relates how he discovered the 15-year-old Josh Gibson. The importance of Wilson's achievement is underscored by the consideration that the youngest veteran whose recollections he gathered was Mel Harder, who was 89 when the tape recorder was running. Wilson's style is to set the stage and then let the veterans have the floor. McNeil (Ruth, Maris, McGwire and Sosa, CH, Feb'00) aims to bring attention to the greatest players who performed in circuits other than the two major leagues. He presents his all-time all-star teams for the Negro Leagues, the Cuban Winter Baseball League, the Japanese, Puerto Rican, and Mexican leagues, and several others. But what makes his book provocative is not his selections but his effort to provide a quantifiable way to compare the quality of play in these various leagues to that in the majors. His method is straightforward: he chooses men who played in more than one category of league, compares their performances in different environments, and generalizes from the comparisons. There are numerous reasons to be wary of his conclusions: he uses traditional measuring devices--batting average and home run totals--rather than the better ones employed by SABR analysts; he relies on currently imperfect data; he does not correct for the fact that his Negro League comparisons often involve men who were "over the hill" when finally admitted to the majors--and the same problems afflicts his Japanese league comparisons. There is no denying that some of his conclusions are arresting, but this reviewer is willing to bet that McNeil's judgment that a man who batted .308 in Negro League competition would manage only .260 in the majors will be challenged. Both books will enchant general readers interested in baseball history. R. Browning; Kenyon College


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
1. Baseball in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 5
2. An Overview of Baseball, 1900-1950p. 12
3. An Overview of Baseball, 1951-2000p. 27
4. Negro League All-Star Team, 1900-1925p. 43
5. Negro League All-Star Team, 1926-1950p. 61
6. The All-Time Negro League All-Star Team, and the Negro League Hall of Famep. 79
7. Cuban Winter League All-Star Team, 1882-1960p. 91
8. Japanese Professional All-Star Teamp. 113
9. Puerto Rican Winter League All-Star Teamp. 136
10. The Mexican League All-Starsp. 153
11. Other Leaguesp. 170
12. The Ultimate Other All-Star Teamp. 179
Statistical Tablesp. 189
Table I Comparison of Professional Leaguesp. 189
Table II Comparison of Home Run Totals -- Dead Ball Era to Lively Ball Erap. 190
Table III Comparison of Negro Leagues to Major Leaguesp. 191
Table IV Negro League Averages -- Batting Statistics per 550 At-Batsp. 191
Table V Negro League Averages Adjusted to Major Leaguesp. 193
Table VI Negro League Players -- League to Leaguep. 194
Table VII Comparison of Negro Leagues to High Minor Leagues (AAA)p. 195
Table VIII Comparison of Major Leagues to High Minor Leagues (AAA) Home Runs and Batting Averages per 550 At-Batsp. 196
Table IX Comparison of the U.S. Major Leagues to Cuban Winter Leaguep. 198
Table X Comparison of AAA Minor Leagues to Cuban Winter Leaguep. 199
Table XI Comparison of Negro Leagues to Cuban Winter Leaguep. 199
Table XII Cuban Winter League All-Star Team Career Statisticsp. 201
Table XIII Comparison of Japanese Leagues to Major Leaguesp. 203
Table XIV Comparison of Japanese Leagues to Lower Minor Leagues (AA)p. 204
Table XV Japanese Leagues All-Star Team Personnelp. 205
Table XVI Japanese Leagues All-Star Team Career Statisticsp. 206
Table XVII Japanese Leagues All-Star Team Statistics Based on a 550 At-Bat Seasonp. 208
Table XVIII Comparison of Negro Leagues to Puerto Rican Winter League from 1938 to 1958 -- Based on a 550 At-Bat Seasonp. 209
Table XIX Major League vs. Puerto Rican Winter League Averages, 1950-1997p. 210
Table XX Puerto Rican Winter League All-Star Team -- The Pioneers (to 1958)p. 211
Table XXI Puerto Rican Winter League All-Star Team, 1938 to 1997p. 212
Table XXII Dominican League All-Time All-Star Team, 1951 to 1997p. 213
Table XXIII Comparison of Major Leagues to Mexican League Batting Averages and Home Runsp. 214
Table XXIV Comparison of Negro Leagues to Mexican League Home Runs and Batting Averages per 550 At-Batsp. 215
Table XXV Mexican League All-Time All-Star Team, 1938 to 1997p. 216
Table XXVI Other Leagues Batting Average and Home Runs per 550 At-Batsp. 217
Table XXVII All-Time All-Star Teamsp. 218
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 227

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