The Blue Ridge League

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Between 1915 and 1930, nine towns in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia hosted teams in one of the most successful Class D minor leagues in professional baseball. The Blue Ridge League launched the careers of legendary Hall of Famers Lefty Grove and Hack Wilson and served as a training ground or final stop for over 100 major-league players. This feisty league challenged laws prohibiting Sabbath baseball games (resulting in mass arrests of players and management), pioneered night baseball, served as a laboratory for the establishment of baseball's farm system, and helped develop a postseason five-state championship series.
ISBN: 9780738582399
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Maryland
Series: Images of Baseball
Images: 196
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Robert P. Savitt lectures and writes on a variety of historical subjects and is a past president of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research. Bob holds a doctoral degree from Georgetown University, has served in the Departments of Defense and State, and was legislative director for a US senator.