Minnesota Historical Society

Swinging for the Fences

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Black Baseball in Minnesota

Edited by Steven R. Hoffbeck

Minnesota Historical Society Press (February 1, 2005)

A rousing history of baseball in Minnesota details how black players earned the respect of teammates and fans alike.


Swinging for the Fences tells the great stories of baseball’s past, from establishment of the color line and the early formation of the barnstorming teams to dazzling hits by black heroes that led the Twins to victory over the Cardinals in 1987. Each chapter focuses on one key player and gives readers an intimate look at the national pastime as it has evolved over the last century. These are stories of the bonds that formed between players, of legendary moments in baseball’s past, and of real people whose love of the game kept them playing against tough odds.

Featured here are Hall of Famers like Willie Mays, Roy Campanella, and Kirby Puckett and great players like Walter Ball, John Wesley Donaldson, and Bud Fowler, who, because of their race, never made the stats books.

Author information

Steven R. Hoffbeck is the author of the Minnesota Book Award winner The Haymakers: A Chronicle of Five Farm Families (Minnesota Historical Society Press). He lives in Barnesville, Minnesota.

Contributors include: Dan Cagley, Teri Ann Finneman, Ted Genoways, Peter Gorton, William D. Green, Jim Karn, Kwame McDonald, Kyle McNary, Joel A. Rippel, and Jay Weiner.

  • 320 pages
  • 7 x 10 inches
  • ISBN: 9780873515177

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