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Baseball Barnstorming and Exhibition Games, 1901-1962

A History of Off-Season Major League Play

Baseball Barnstorming and Exhibition Games, 1901-1962 by Thomas Barthel
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Until 1947, professional ball players were paid only from opening day to season's end. Even during the season, a lot of their expenses came out of their own pockets. Even the best-paid players had trouble making ends meet. One answer to their money woes was barnstorming--tours out of season. Cities lacking their own major league teams were happy to host big-league players for such events, as well as for special exhibition games whose proceeds sometimes went to local charities. Here is a history of barnstorming and exhibition games from 1901 (when both of the two current major leagues began operating) through 1962 (when a team led by Willie Mays was unsuccessful in its attempt at a tour, signaling an end to true barnstorming). Decade by decade, it covers the teams, the games, and the players for a detailed look at how barnstorming and exhibition brought big-league baseball to the backyard ballparks of America.
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers; March 2007
285 pages; ISBN 9781476606644
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Title: Baseball Barnstorming and Exhibition Games, 1901-1962
Author: Thomas Barthel
 
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1476606641
9780786428113
9781476606644