The Independent Carolina Baseball League, 1936 -1938
Summary of State and National Recognition
North Carolina Society of Historians 1999 W.P. Peace History Book Award - "One of the most interesting social histories Cabarrus County has to offer."
Society for American Baseball Research, Cleveland, Ohio runner-up to the 2000 Seymour Medal Winner for the best book about baseball - "was awarded the first ever runner-up in Seymour Competition."
Elysian Fields Quarterly - The Baseball Review, St. Paul, Minnesota. One of the six finalists for the Dave Moore Aware - "baseball book that users baseball as a means to express our sense of who we are as a culture, as a society, and as individual human beings."
Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives: Canadian Scholars Press - "The book is evocative of a handmade Carolina quilt - a colorful, one-of-a-kind piece of the past to be handed down from one generation to the next." Toronto, Canada.
Winston Salem Journal - "The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (which operates the minors) tried to lure the Carolina League into the organization, but these men were used to making their own rules, and they weren't about to join an organization that told them what to do."
USA Today Baseball Weekly - "How this small bastion of textile towns fought organized baseball to keep their outlaw league together is a fascinating slice of lost history --- a league years ahead of its time."
Charlotte Observer - "It was the middle of the Great Depression and money talked. A (professional) player could settle down in a baseball crazy area, get an off-season job in local textile plant, and be idolized as a local hero."
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