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Black Baseball’s Last Team Standing: The Birmingham Black Barons, 1919-1962 by William J. Plott

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The Birmingham Black Barons were one of the most prominent teams in baseball’s Negro League. Among their players were not only Negro League stars like “Mule” Suttles, but players who did eventually make the big leagues like Willie Mays and Satchel Paige, and players who gained fame on other fields, including Charlie Pride. They played in the last Negro League world series and barnstormed all over the U.S. and Canada.  This book, despite being thorough in an exemplary way, manages to be fascinating throughout. The author, William J. Plott, has been a member of the Negro Leagues Committee from the beginning as well as the Society for American Baseball Research since 1971. He lives in Montevallo, Alabama.

Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2019. 345 pages with Index, Bibliography, Notes, Appendices, and photos. 7” X 10” trade paperback..