Though there could, of course, be an update after the 2010 season, "If Baseball Integrated Early" can be pronounced comlpete. Readers can deduce what would have happened next. While a few little changes might be made in a few pennant winners later, in another edition, this book is 99.9% cmoplete, and reading for reading.
Unfortuntely, I'm not even computer savvy (or rich?) enough to have my own site where you can pay as you download, so please e-mail baseballwhatifs(at)aol.com and order "If Baseball Integrated Early." It's 196 pages, and promises to be a fun glimpse into an alternate - and much more pleasing - universe, where baseball is integrated from the start. There are pitfalls and obstacles at first, and as society slowly changes, there would be problems. But, they would be much fewer, much less intense, and much shorter in duration, with full integration complete after World War Two. These changes lead, indirectly, to a baseball that is more expansive - though sometimes biting off more than it can chew. You can pay me via paypal, or I can e-mail you my address and you can send a check, though PayPal's probably the easiest for all, I'm sure.
Individual players are considered, too - someone else can deduce the career totals for most,. There's a glimpse of the lives of some outside baseball. too, such as one man (Sol White) in the Hall in OTL as a manager, who is in the sportwriter's wing (and a well-respected journalist outside sports, too) in the IBIE universe.
And, a little more to whet your appetite - the table of contents, and the introduction. Happy reading:
Table of Contents
Introduction – Setting the Table
Section One – The 19th Century
Part One - In the Big Inning
Interlude 1: 1874 – The Spanish American War of 1874
Part Two – A Piece of the Action
Interlude 2: A Clash of Titans – the 1878 Playoffs:
Part Three – Baseball’s First Expansion Era
Interlude 3: Securing the Position
Frank Grant, Baseball’s First Black Star
Section Two – The Modern Era
Part One – The Deadball Era, 1900-1919
Interlude 4: The 1908 gGambling Scandal and Aftermath
Interlude 5: Integration Elsewhere
Part Two – The Best of Times, the Worst of Times, 1920-1939:
Interlude 6: The Babe Ruth Deal and Baseball’s Compromise of 1920
Part Three – The In-Between Years – 1940-1949
Interlude 7: The Baseball-PCL Negotiations, and the Big Move
Part Four – Golden Age; Growing and Moving – 1950-1971
Interlude 8: Effects on the NFL
Part Five - Free Agency and Parity – 1972-1993
Part Six – Trying to Stay Afloat – 1994-present
Introduction – Setting the Table:
Baseball, the Fountain of Youth that Ponce De Leon sought long ago. Men playing a boy’s game, trying to attain their childhood dreams of stardom. Whether in city parks or crowded stadiums, there is a youthful exuberance. It invites teamwork, and co-operation, as many times the object is to drive in another batter, or allow oneself to be driven home. And yet, it can also glorify the dramatic individual accomplishment.
With this book, you will enter a different world. It is one without over half a century of segregation in baseball. It is one where a less hostile atmosphere after the Civil War allowed certain things to be possible that wouldn’t otherwise be. And, it is a world in which one John Benton set in motion the things which allowed great black ballplayers to make the major leagues.
Who is John Benton? He is Everyman, in a way, one of hundreds of thousands who survive in this alternate Civil War. He may have been from Maine or California, or anywhere in between. He may have been born in 1840 to 1845. The point is that he survived and made a difference. It’s the difference many of us would make if we could. He could play baseball with the best in the 1870s. Rather than going to his eternal reward in one of many battles, he emerged to ensure that baseball was integrated.
This is not to say whether or not those who did live could have done it. A POD where Monte Ward, John McGraw, or someone else prevails in signing the best players, regardless of race, could be used. So, too, could one where Cap Anson has a massive change of heart. Whether such a POD is plausible, and how, is for others to debate.
In this world, John Benton had that courage. What you are about to read is the main differences, and some similarities, in a history of baseball that might have been had the game been integrated from the start. The original POD, of course, would have an impact on society, too, and that will be touched upon.
The first few decades will read more like a series of short stories, for two reasons. First, the stage needs to be set. Second, most fans are more familiar with the “modern era,” post-1900, anyway. So, the first few parts will involve the setup, while each season from 1901 onward will get some coverage, with what I hope is an enjoyable format. Short news clips, summaries of special seasons or World Series, discussion of important players’ careers, and so on will be included for each year. Interludes will cover what goes on in the outside world.
However, what we are most concerned about is that one phrase – If Baseball Integrated Early.