Whirty: New book on Page Fence Giants reveals overlooked legends

From SABR member Ryan Whirty at Home Plate Don’t Move on December 29, 2018, on SABR member Mitch Lutzke:

McFarland earlier this year published “The Page Fence Giants: A History of Black Baseball’s Pioneering Champions,” by Mitch Lutzke, an exhaustive, very thoroughly researched volume about the Page Fence Giants, the talent-laden, all-black baseball club based in Adrian, Mich., in the 1890s. Sponsored by the Page Woven Wire Fence Company and gathering together the cream of the crop of the nation’s best African-American players and managers.

For several fleeting but shining seasons, the Page Fence Giants fielded a squad that was the equal of just about any other team, black or white, in the Midwest. Both athletically and entrepreneurially trailblazing, the Giants come alive with Lutzke’s stellar book. Like many McFarland baseball-themed releases, the tome is extremely detailed and chronicles just about every moment of the team’s brief existence.

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Originally published: January 3, 2019. Last Updated: January 3, 2019.