adventures in baseball archeology: the negro leagues, latin american baseball, j-ball, the minors, the 19th century, and other hidden, overlooked, or unknown corners of baseball history...with occasional forays into other sports
Our friends Leslie Penn and Ron Hill, great-niece and great-nephew of Pete Hill, make an appearance in this article from the Culpeper Star-Exponent about their illustrious uncle. Also note the reference (though not by name) to the Outsider Baseball Bulletin, specifically my article about Pete Hill’s 1919 home run outburst.
And yes, I will get to Part Two of the St. Louis ballparks essay soon...
In addition to our project compiling Negro league and Cuban League statistics, Scott Simkus and I are also planning a weekly e-zine on baseball history, the Outsider Baseball Bulletin. This will allow us to 1) write at greater length than the blog form allows, and 2) recoup (through subscriptions) some of our research costs, which can be considerable.
Agate Type will continue as always, of course. But the OBB will be the place to look for more sustained and in-depth discussions of the margins of baseball history. Some of the pieces I’m working on will cover (among many subjects):
--Pete Hill’s remarkable 1919 season, when he helped to inaugurate the lively-ball era in black baseball;
--the peculiar (and possibly corrupt) scorekeeping practices of the Cuban League of the 1900s;
--obscure Negro-league connections with 1) modern pro wrestling and 2) the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.
If you’re interested in receiving a free copy, drop Scott a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.