Saturday, March 13, 2010

Beyond Cooperstown

Baseball's Other All Stars, The Greatest Players from the Negro Leagues, The Japanese Leagues, The Mexican League, and the Pre-1960 Winter Leagues in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic by William F. McNeil; 2000; 240 pages; McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Jefferson, NC; 0-7864-0784-0; Checked out from Multnomah County Library,  Central; 3/7-3/9William McNeil has done some awesome research to name all time All Star teams  in many different leagues outside the borders of Major League Baseball.  He has assembled some of the greats of all time and made separate all star teams for the different leagues and then assembled them into one giant All Star team.  Here is the starting nine for the Non Major League All Star team.  Catcher-Josh Gibson; Pitcher-Satchel Paige; First Base-Sadaharu Oh; Second Base-Martin Dihigo; Shortstop-John Henry Lloyd; Third Base-Shigeo Nagashima; Outfield- Oscar Charleston, Cristobal Torriente, Francisco Coimbre.  You may disagree with some of his choices, but he backs them up very well.  Grade B

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