John Holway

John HolwayJohn B. Holway (1929-   ) has been researching baseball since 1944, and he is still at it. Few may boast of as long and noteworthy a contribution to baseball research. Looking at baseball beyond America’s major leagues, he wrote the first book in English on Japanese baseball, Japan Is Big League in Thrills, in 1954. Since then he has published many notable books on the Negro Leagues, most notably perhaps Voices from the Great Black Baseball Leagues (1975), a collection of interviews with the then virtually unknown Cool Papa Bell, Buck Leonard, Bill Foster, Willie Wells, and The Complete Book of the Negro Leagues (2000). Holway saw his first Negro League game — Satchel Paige’s Monarchs against Josh Gibson’s Grays — in Washington, DC in 1945. He has also researched intently and written frequently about Ted Williams, whom he saw strike two home runs in the 1946 All-Star Game. A former chairman of SABR’s Negro Leagues committee, Holway has received SABR’s Bob Davids Award and the Casey Award for Blackball Stars, voted the best baseball book of 1988.

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  • Dobie Moore
  • The Cannonball
  • Cuba’s Black Diamond
  • Louis Santop, The Big Bertha
  • Charlie “Chino” Smith
  • Dandy at Third: Ray Dandridge
  • The Black Bomber Named Beckwith
  • Spottswood Poles
  • 1930 Negro National League
  • Judy Johnson: A True Hot Corner Hotshot
  • Sam Streeter: Smartest Pitcher In Negro Leagues
  • One Day at a Time: Leon Day Waits For Hall of Fame Call

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