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Swinging for the Fences is the first collection to highlight the thrilling and controversial landmarks in the history of black baseball in the North Star State.

Swinging for the Fences is the first collection to highlight the thrilling and controversial landmarks in the history of black baseball in the North Star State.

Swinging for the Fences book. Award-winning author Steven R. Hoffbeck assembled a stellar team of writers-and baseball fanatics-to tell the great stories of black baseball's past, from establishment of the color lines to dazzling hits by black heroes that led the Twins to victory over the Cardinals in '87. Each chapter focuses on one key player, and through these windows into their lives and livelihoods, their plays and passions, readers get an intimate look at the national pastime as it has evolved over the last century and more.

Swinging For The Fences: A History of Black Baseball in Minnesota tells about the struggles and victories of sixteen ballplayers over a span of 150 years

Swinging For The Fences: A History of Black Baseball in Minnesota tells about the struggles and victories of sixteen ballplayers over a span of 150 years.

Swinging for the fences : black baseball in Minnesota. This book tells the great stories of baseballs past, from establishment of the colour line and the early formation of the barnstorming teams to dazzling hits by black heroes that led the Twins to. This book tells the great stories of baseballs past, from establishment of the colour line and the early formation of the barnstorming teams to dazzling hits by black heroes that led the Twins t. More). The Promise Fulfilled: A Portrait of Norwegian Americans Today.

Swinging for the Fences. Black Baseball in Minnesota. Steven R. Hoffbeck is the author of the Minnesota Book Award winner The Haymakers: A Chronicle of Five Farm Families (Minnesota Historical Society Press). He lives in Barnesville, Minnesota. A rousing history of baseball in Minnesota details how black players earned the respect of teammates and fans alike. Contributors include: Dan Cagley, Teri Ann Finneman, Ted Genoways, Peter Gorton, William D. Green, Jim Karn, Kwame McDonald, Kyle McNary, Joel A. Rippel, and Jay Weiner.

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White's book traces the history of African-American baseball players in Minnesota from 1872 through to the 1960s. Excluded from Major League Baseball, they played in semipro leagues and loosely organized clubs of all-black teams, the successes of which have largely been lost to history. White cites author Steven Hoffbeck for Honeycutt's story: Honeycutt was a "mess boy" during the Civil War, and he followed a Union soldier back to Fergus Falls, where he became the first black resident of the town. There, he set up shop as a barber and helped form the Fergus Falls North Star Baseball Club.

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Swinging for the Fences tells the great stories of baseball's past, from establishment of the color line and the early formation of the barnstorming teams to dazzling hits by black heroes that led the Twins to victory over the Cardinals in 1987. Each chapter focuses on one key player and gives readers an intimate look at the national pastime as it has evolved over the last century. These are stories of the bonds that formed between players, of legendary moments in baseball's past, and of real people whose love of the game kept them playing against tough odds.Featured here are Hall of Famers like Willie Mays, Roy Campanella, and Kirby Puckett and great players like Walter Ball, John Wesley Donaldson, and Bud Fowler, who, because of their race, never made the stats books.

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Danskyleyn
When one thinks of "black" baseball, an image of Jackie Robinson trying to break the Major League Baseball color barrier with the Dodgers comes to mind. About the last thing one would expect is to associate the lily-white state of Minnesota with black bseball, yet, in this intrigingly interesting book, Dr. Steve Hoffbeck shows how many other black baseball players suffered the same struggles as Jackie Robinson, their stories being told for the first time.

Dr. Hoffbeck has assembled a team of 11 writers to tell the detailed story of black baseball players in Minnesota that begins in the late 19th century and ends with sad story of the fallen hero Kirby Puckett. This is not a book that revels in baseball statistics; rather, the writers focus on the players themselves: who they were, where they came from, the color barrier conflicts each had to face, and what happened to them after baseball. It is this personalized approach that grabs the mind of the reader, and makes this book so interesting.

The book is divided into 24 concise chapters, each centered on a particular black baseball player or team. My favorite player chapters were as follows:

1. Earl Batty and his attempt to bring racial equality to the southern "plantation" owner of the Minnesota Twins, Calvin Griffith.

2. Satchel Paige's baseball barnstorming days in Minnesota. I am amazed with the pure pitching genius of 'Ol Satch, and how he was not allowed to compete against white major league baseball players until he was 42 years old in 1948. Even at that age (Paige being the oldest rookie to ever play major league baseball), Paige amazed the fans, his teammates, every batter he faced, and even the umpires with his amazing throwing skills. What a shame a man like Paige was denied his chance to excel at his first love while in his prime - just think of how the record books would look if Paige pitched 20-plus seasons in the major leagues!

3. Toni Stone, the first black woman (or any woman of any color for that matter) to attempt to pitch at the major league level.

4. The chapter on the tragic story of Kirby Puckett, the first black Minnesota baseball superstar, who had the fans of Minnesota in his back pocket, and then lost it all to allegations of spousal abuse and infidelity. Minnesota has never gotten over the fall of their hero Puckett and we lament to this day the sad ending to his stellar career.

The above chapters are only my personal highlights of what has come together as an excellent book on black baseball. Other chapters deal with lesser known black players in Minnesota, yet, the themes of persistence through intense racial persecution and taunting, the shared black brotherhood of baseball, and the sacrifices these men went through to pursue their love of the game shine through.

Hoffbeck and fellow writers have contributed a vital link to the previously untold "missing" history of black baseball.

This book should be in the collection of anyone who loves the game of baseball, for it documents the early pioneers of black baseball, and shows the heavy financial and emotional price the players had to pay to seek their places in the game of baseball. Modern-day black baseball players owe a debt of gratitude to these early pioneers, for it was their superior abilities, pride, and persistence that finally brought down the long-standing nearly impregnable racial barrier of American baseball. Cudos to Hoffbeck and Company for telling their compelling stories.

Jim Konedog Koenig
Cordalas
A great read for any Minnesota sports fan. Extremely interesting approach with a number of authors giving a lot of local information about small town teams and how black baseball players were accepted...or not accepted...in rural Minnesota. I found the articles dealing with the small towns much more interesting than the big city articles. I remember watching one of the games many years ago and found some new information that I did not know.
Tygralbine
enjoyed reading it
Kanal
Twenty-three articles by a variety of authors, mostly college professors and journalists, cover the different facets of black baseball in Minnesota from its first days in the latter 1800s down to contemporary times. The general theme running through all of the diversified articles is the "America Dream" and the "American Tragedy" reflected in the histories of the teams and the careers and lives of individual players. The American Dream part of the theme deals with how playing baseball allowed players to strive for high personal achievement as well as enjoy various levels of economic security and social recognition. The American Tragedy part takes in not only the racism and discrimination players faced, but also personal troubles and disappointments of some of them. Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson, and Willie Mays appear along with many relative unknowns. The exploits of teams named the Fergus Falls Musculars, the Quicksteps, and the Brown Stockings, among others, are related. The vibrant Minnesota black baseball scene going back well over a century is treated in a popular style profiling great and other notable players and following the courses, and occasional dramatic moments, of the teams.
Braswyn
"Swinging for the Fences: Black Baseball in Minnesota" is a truly excellent book. It tells the story of African American men who broke down racial barriers to excel in America's national pastime, baseball. What I loved best in this book is Hoffbeck's insight into the mindset African American baseball players adopted to counter prejudice. He calls this "black wisdom." He uses an example from the great career of pitcher, Satchel Paige.
Paige is pitching a game in Minnesota, probably sometime before he joined the Cleveland Indians, mid 20th century. A runner on first delivers
a round of insulting racial taunts. Paige just smiles and throws the next pitch, on his way to an amazing feat, winning 2,000 games in his lifetime.

John Terry McConnell
lacki
With the recent untimely passing of baseball hero Kirby Puckett, it's particularily worth noting that SWINGING FOR THE FENCES: BLACK BASEBALL IN MINNESOTA includes an oustanding chapter on the life of Puckett.

The chapter on Puckett's life was penned by sportswriter and author Jay Weiner, who was the Twins beat writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune during the 1980s. Weiner does a brilliant job in telling the "rags-to-riches" story of the offspring of the Chicago housing projects who became the smiling face of the Minnesota Twins.

Weiner reveals the essence of Kirby Puckett, warts and all, and gives the reader a deeper sense of the tragic aura of Puck's career, injury, blindness, groping for posterity, and his induction into baseball's Hall of Fame.

Perspective is needed on Puckett and his place in the baseball record in Minnesota and author Weiner does this in SWINGING FOR THE FENCES: BLACK BASEBALL IN MINNESOTA. The book gives TWINS fans a new level of understanding of baseball in Minnesota, tying the past to the present, to see how it all fits together in a lively style, rich in storylines, filled with pathos of the intertwining of the themes of manhood, fatherhood, and brotherhood. A great read for fans of Puckett and of the Minnesota Twins.
Swinging for the Fences: Black Baseball in Minnesota download epub
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Author: Steven R. Hoffbeck
ISBN: 087351517X
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Language: English
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press (February 1, 2005)
Pages: 320 pages