The yin to The Texas League Almanac‘s yang, Baseball on the Prairie, offers a deep exploration of the league’s early history. The emergence of widespread train service led to the establishment of professional baseball teams in previously isolated towns, and Rutherford explains how these rustic locations (Sherman, Denison, Paris, Corsicana, Cleburne, Greenville and Temple) nurtured some of the league’s — and, in some cases, Major League Baseball’s — greatest players. As an added bonus, the book provides a detailed account of the most lopsided contest in professional baseball history: Corsicana Oil Citys’ 51-3 romp over the Texarkana Casketmakers.
Reviewer: Ben Hill (Ben’s Biz)
April 14, 2014