"Will it be the Pittsburgh Courier or the Chicago Defender today?"
- What the microfilm librarian said about three seconds before I realized that I spend way too much time on my hobby...
This is a collection of original work I have done concerning the
Negro Leagues and its players.
- The game-by-game pitching lines from Satchel Paige's "rookie" 1948
season, plus an error that is nearly 50 years old.
Jackie Goes to Wrigley
- Jackie Robinson drew one of the biggest crowds in Wrigley Field history
the first time he came to Chicago with the Dodgers.
Josh Gibson and Yankee Stadium
They say that Josh Gibson was the only man ever to hit a ball out of Yankee
Stadium. But what does a search of Race Papers tell us?
A Blackeye on America
- Being the best pitcher behind the color barrier didn't help Satchel
when a cop objected to his driving habits. Would a cop really beat
Integration and the Splendid Splinter
- How many games did Ted Williams play against the best talent?
The Giants and the Color Barrier
- A look at the New York Giants and their relationship with the
I became interested in the Summer of 1937, and the power that took
many Negro Leaguers to the Dominican Republic. This generated a short
The All-Star Satchel Paige
- This piece covers Satchel's outings at the East-West games plus his
All Star Game showing.
1930 - This tells of the series between the Lincoln Giants and the
Homestead Grays for the bragging rights for 1930.
The Master Goes Twelve
- In 1952 Satchel Paige was earning his living as a relief pitcher
for the St. Louis Browns. When Virgil "Fire" Trucks and the Detroit Tigers
came to town, Satchel got the call to start. He ended up going the distance
winning a 1-0 twelve-inning game.
The Traveling Man Goes to Portland
- In 1961 the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League brought in Satchel
Paige. He was 55 years of age at the time. This piece is a short account of
- Hilton Smith was the man who recommended that Jackie Robinson be signed
by the Kansas City Monarchs. He was also known for finishing all of the
games that Satchel Paige started. These two facts overshadow the fact that
Hilton Smith was a top player. This short biography explores his career.
Strange Brew: Smoke, Lights and Josh Gibson
- The Kansas City Monarch were hosting the Homestead Grays for a
night game. This was five years before Major League Baseball played under the
lights, so the technology was still new. Chet Brewer and Smokey Joe Williams
took advantage of the poor lighting (and some sandpaper)
and pitched the games of their lives.
This was one of the greatest duels of all time.
Lifting the Lid at Greenlee
- Gus Greenlee put together a first-class team with his Pittsburgh Crawfords
in the early 1930's. He also built a ballpark to house them. The Crawfords
opened their yard with Satchel Paige facing the New York Black Yankees. The
Yankees sent their ace Mounttain Jesse Hubbard to the hill. This is the story
of the first game at Greenlee Field.
The Ruppert Cup
- In 1939 the Negro National League played a series of games in Yankee Stadium. The first four double headers determined who would play in the final
double header. In the end, the League title was determined in the House That
Satchel Gets Schooled
- In 1937 Satchel Paige and many other talented Negro Leaguers flocked to the
Dominican Republic for good wages offered by the local politicians. When
they came back they found that they were not welcome with their old teams.
They found the obvious solution: they barnstormed. However, when they ran
into Schoolboy Taylor, they met their match.
Just the Facts
- Johnny Mize has been quoted as saying the Martin Dihigo is the best player
he ever saw. But none of the details of his story fit. What's going on here?
Our Giants in Havana
- In 1937 the Giants did spring training in Havana. There they met a Cuban
winter league team fresh off of its season. The results? Read on...
Josh & Buck Take the Field
- In 1945 the Washington Senators hit only one home run in Griffith Stadium.
How many did Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard clout?
It's a Long Way from Mobile to Cleveland
- Don't look back, but this is the story of how Satchel Paige broke into the
John McGraw and the Negro Leagues
- Little Napoleon and his efforts to break the color barrier.
The Good Old Days
- A look at the 1998 home run chase under the racial rules of yesteryear.
Negro Leagues articles written by other Diamond Angle authors.
The Young Jackie Robinson - A biography of this pioneer's early days.
An Encounter With The Great Satchel Paige
- All Star Wally Berger tells of his game against Paige.
A Double Duty Book Review
- Kyle McNary's book on Double Duty Radcliffe is reviewed.
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