Barnstorming to Heaven: Syd Pollock and His Great Black by Alan J. Pollock,James A Riley

By Alan J. Pollock,James A Riley

A infrequent insider’s viewpoint on baseball’s nice barnstorming age.


The Indianapolis Clowns have been a black traveling baseball group that featured an pleasing mixture of comedy, showmanship, and ability. occasionally known as the Harlem Globetrotters of baseball—though the various Globetrotters’ exercises have been borrowed at once from the Clowns—they captured the love of american citizens of all ethnicities and classes.

Alan Pollock’s father, Syd, owned the Clowns, in addition to a sequence of black barnstorming groups that crisscrossed the rustic from the past due Nineteen Twenties until eventually the mid-1960s. They performed each venue possible, from little league fields to Yankee Stadium, and toured the South, the Northeast, the Midwest, the Canadian Rockies, the Dakotas, the Southwest, the a ways West—anywhere there has been a crowd prepared to shell out a couple of cash for an unforgettable evening.

Alan grew up round the group and describes in brilliant element the comedy workouts of Richard “King Tut” King, “Spec Bebob” Bell, Reece “Goose” Tatum; the “warpaint” and outlandish costumes worn through avid gamers within the early days; and the crowd-pleasing screens of fantastic ability referred to as pepperball and shadowball. those males have been entertainers, yet they have been additionally one of the so much proficient athletes in their day, earning profits in activities the single means a black guy may. They performed to win.

More than simply a baseball tale, those memories inform the tale of significant societal adjustments in the United States from the roaring twenties, over the years of the good melancholy and global battle II, and into the Civil Rights era.


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