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By L.M. Sutter

They emerged from the mines, shook off the coal dirt, and stepped onto the diamond. From the early 1900s to the Nineteen Fifties, baseball video games among mine staff have been a small-town phenomenon, every one crew attracting avid and extremely unswerving fanatics. proficient part-time athletes competed on the beginner, semi-pro degrees. both aggressive have been the coal corporation officers, who usually introduced in ringers, or gamers of outstanding skill, giving them more uncomplicated jobs above floor or a padded pay packet. in keeping with interviews with surviving gamers, households of deceased gamers, and modern resources, this thoroughgoing historical past covers not just groups and leagues yet their functionality in the mining groups of Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia. The e-book contains a exact part on African-American mining groups, a coalfield map and lots of photographs.

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