Book Review

New from North Carolina

June 11, 2006 

As the Great Depression raged through the years 1936-38, the independent Carolina League offered Tar Heels some temporary relief through the soothing balm of baseball. The league sported a colorful collection characters that included preachers and ex-cons. In "Outlaw Ballplayers" (McFarland, $29.95, paper, 208 pages), R.G (Hank) Utley, Tim Peeler and Aaron Peeler offer previously unpublished interviews with key players from the league, including Edward Collins "Alabama" Pitts and Lawrence Columbus "Crash" Davis, as well a brief history of the Carolina Victory League. The book supplements the 1999 book Utley wrote with Scott Verner, "The Independent Carolina Baseball League 1936-38" (McFarland, $24.95, paper, 292 pages).

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