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September 8, 2009

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Gary Ashwill

I am *really* looking forward to your book...

Geri Strecker

GREAT FIND! Interestingly, this continues similar debates over the 24th Infantry team in the Philippines. From Feb.-July 1914, they were fully professional in the Manila League, earning shares equal to what the white army team received. Oscar Charleston and Wilber Rogan were both on that team (Charleston pitching and Rogan catching). After the season ended, the army started creating new rules to limit participation of black players. I presented on this at SABR in 2008 and am working on a book about Pre-WWI professional baseball in the Philippines.

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