Baseball in Fort Worth (M. Presswood)
Baseball in Fort Worth (M. Presswood)

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In 2003, over 160,000 fans watched professional baseball in downtown Fort Worth's near north side. Baseball, which had been played in this north side area since 1911, had returned after a near 40-year absence. Fort Worth's rich tradition of professional baseball dates back to the start of the Texas League of Professional Baseball Clubs in 1888 and includes many players who continued to impact our national pastime at the major league level.

Presenting over 170 photographs, programs, and maps this volume documents not only the play on the field, but the fun and excitement off the field as well. The book contains a chapter on Fort Worth's black baseball history, which dates back to the turn of the 20th century, and includes the new discovery of a forgotten ballpark dedicated to the black players and leagues of the early 1900s. Though the details are difficult to trace, this chapter showcases the pride the players demonstrated at the local level and the force they became in the national Negro leagues.
About the Author: Fort Worth Cats Baseball Historian and SABR member Mark Presswood, with author and historian Chris Holaday, have drawn from their own collections and the collections of many wonderful fans and organizations to bring together many rare and never-before-published photographs for this look at the rich history of baseball in Fort Worth. It is the first collaboration for the pair, who are also producing Baseball in Dallas for Arcadia Publishing.