Wednesday, February 22, 2017

NEGRO LEAGUE LEGENDS- SOL WHITE

Here’s a new thread that I really want to cover, a Negro Baseball Leagues Legends series for important and all-time great stars who never got the chance to play in the Major Leagues.
So since my blog is dedicated to the 1970’s, I figured 1972, the 25th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color-barrier, would be as good a year as any to create my dedicated sub-set.
I have a good two dozen or so legends of the Negro leagues lined up, but today I wanted to kick this all off with an immensely important figure in black baseball, early player, manager, executive and author, Sol White:


I first became aware of White when I was hunting down a copy of his incredible early book, “History of Colored Baseball”, from 1907.
From there I learned he wasn’t just a writer about early African-American baseball, but played as well.
According to various records and accounts, White’s playing career spanned about 20 years between 1887-1926, which included his managerial career as well, which started in 1902 when he founded, along with others, the Philadelphia Giants.
Between 1904 and 1907 he led the team to four straight Black Baseball Championships.
It was also in that time that he published his historical publication in 1907, a 128-page pamphlet that was given out at games during their season.
Beginning with the formation of the first black baseball team in 1885 and took readers up to 1907, with what was supposed to be a second edition to be published later on covering the game into the 1920’s.
Sadly this never materialized, leaving us with what could have been an incredible piece of documented history.
Nevertheless, if you want to read more of Sol White, you can easily read his Wikipedia entry, and also see the bibliography included to cover even more.
Totally worth the read!
If you like the idea of this thread then keep an eye out for future entries covering legends like Rube Foster, Cristobal Torriente, Josh Gibson and many more!

3 comments:

  1. I used Sol White's work as research for my book on the integration of baseball in Philadelphia.

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  2. I think this has the potential to be a great subset. I like the 1972 format and the colors used. Looking forward to more.

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  3. Great idea. Looking forward to the rest. I was fortunate to meet Turkey Stearnes daughters a few weeks ago amd learn a lot about him. I hope he is included in your series.

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