As the major league baseball season nears its climax and the Braves battle for a playoff spot, we welcome author Tim Darnell to talk about the team that existed in Atlanta before the Braves got here: the Crackers. In his new book, ”The Crackers: Early Days of Atlanta Baseball,” Darnell looks back across the years to show how the emergence of post-Civil War baseball in the city and the rise of the Crackers, one of the most successful of minor league teams in the 1940s and ’50s. His fascinating stories are drawn from numerous interviews with former players and managers and a a wealth of printed materials, and he also chronicles the life of the city’s NEgro League team, the Black Crackers. It’s a fun book with lots of entertaining stories, a lot of statistics for fans and even some quizzes for everyone. (jasbro)
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