Title: Baseball in St. Louis: From Little Leagues to Major Leagues
Author: Ed Wheatley
Size: 11.5 x 9
How is it that St. Louis has earned the reputation of being the “best baseball town” in America? This is the story of the unique role baseball has played in St. Louis and that which St. Louis has played in the world of baseball. It is a very rich history. But it is not just a story of the Major League’s Browns and Cardinals or the great teams of the Negro Leagues. It’s the story of how baseball is intertwined within the city’s culture. There was a time when more players were in the Major Leagues from one St. Louis high school than any other high school in America. Few recognize today the significant role St. Louis played in the integration of Major League Baseball. There were periods where St. Louis was a regular finalist in the American Legion National Championship games. How many youngsters playing in organized baseball leagues realize that the Khoury League was actually founded in St. Louis and still calls its National Organization’s home St. Louis? These are just a few of the nuggets of St. Louis baseball history to be explored. The St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame, the CYC, the Mathews Dickey’s Boys Club, the Khoury League and many other community athletic associations have opened up their archives and leant their support to insure the full story of baseball in St. Louis is being told within this book.
It is a story that tells the history of St. Louis as a baseball town through and through. It’s the story of young children playing in farm fields, school yards and brick alleys. It is the story of kids playing in the region’s little leagues, high schools and colleges. It’s the story of men who made it to the major leagues from St. Louis and those of all ages who play simply for the love of the game. This is the story of St. Louis baseball, its impact on the community, those who played and those who watched. It’s the story of St. Louis baseball from the little leagues to the Major Leagues.
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