Extra Innings – A History of Coalfield Baseball (1994)

21 Feb

90m; U.S.

Synopsis: The history of America’s favorite pastime as it was played by the men who dug America’s coal in the 1930’s and 40’s. Practically every coal town in WV. had a baseball team and Sunday was spent at the ball diamond every Sunday. Some of the finest athletes that played professional ball starred as players in the coal leagues. Many other fine WV. athletes received offers to play professional ball, but decided to stay in the coal fields for a variety of reasons. Listen to some of the reasons and some fascinating memories of the games and times. A look back through extensive use of photographs from the turn of the century through the beginning of WW II.

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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Documentary, Sports, Working Class



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