James Overmyer

Jim Overmyer is a baseball history author specializing in the Negro leagues. His current books are a new edition of Queen of the Negro Leagues, a biography of Effa Manley, the only woman member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Cum Posey of the Homestead Grays, a biography of Cumberland Posey, one of only two people in two American professional sports halls of fame. He is also the author of Black Ball and the Boardwalk: The Bacharach Giants of Atlantic City, 1916-1929, and a co-author of Baseball in the Berkshires, A County’s Common Bond, a history of baseball in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, from the 18th century to current times. He has contributed to several other books on Black baseball, and his article, “Black Baseball at Yankee Stadium: The House That Ruth Built and Satchel Furnished (with fans),” published in the Black Ball Journal, was a recipient of a SABR McFarland award. He is a member of SABR’s Negro Leagues, Nineteenth Century, Deadball, and Business of Baseball committees. He was a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2006 special committee that voted to induct seventeen persons from the Negro leagues and the black baseball period before the leagues were formed as members of the Hall. He is copy editor of the Black Ball Journal. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.


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SABR Games Project stories written by James Overmyer

  • September 9, 1934: Satchel Paige and Slim Jones throw head-to-head pitching gems at Yankee Stadium
  • September 19, 1932: Play ball at midnight: Grays, Crawfords duck the blue laws in Pittsburgh
  • July 5, 1930: Black baseball comes to Yankee Stadium on behalf of the Pullman Porters
  • October 8, 1927: Red Farrell of Bacharach Giants tosses the second Negro League World Series no-hitter
  • October 4, 1921: Speed and power propel Chicago American Giants past Hilldale in Game 1
  • July 31, 1921: Atlantic City Bacharach Giants pound the Indianapolis ABCs at Ebbets Field
  • July 3, 1921: Atlantic City Bacharach Giants edge natural rivals Hilldale, 6-5
  • May 17, 1878: Bud Fowler becomes the first Black player in Organized Baseball
  • July 1, 1859: Baseball goes to college

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