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INDEPENDENT BLACK AND WHITE TEAMS PLAYING TOGETHER BARNSTORMING GAMES IN AMERICA - 1915 - 1948

In the "Roaring Twenties"  - Baseball fans  traveled across the USA   to  Colorado's capital 

To watch the annual DENVER POST TOURNAMENT

TEN TEAMS COMPETING IN TEN DAYS OF BASEBALL

aka  - "THE WESTERN WORLD SERIES"

"The Grover Cleveland Alexander's House of David" team

Won the 1934 Denver Post Tournament Championship - Satchel Paige winning pitcher.

The Negro League All-Stars returned to Denver in 1936 with fastball pitcher Satchel Paige 

attracting over 34,000 fans to the event and was the most successful of all  

 the 33 years that the tournament was staged..

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LEROY "SATCHEL" PAIGE

SATCHEL PAIGE started his professional baseball career on May 1, 1926 pitching for the Chattanooga Black Lookouts. His career spanned decades and was best know as to attracting record crowds when he pitched. Satchel Paige was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.

DENVER POST TOURNAMENT - 1920's

FIRST PLACE - "FRIEND"

SECOND PLACE - "CHEYENNE INDIANS"

SECOND PLACE - "CHEYENNE INDIANS"

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Team "FRIEND" - Sidney, Nebraska -Western League

Two years in a row  First Place Winner -Team won a large cash prize

All team "FRIEND" members received gold medals.

1921 & 1922 DENVER POST TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS.

SECOND PLACE - "CHEYENNE INDIANS"

SECOND PLACE - "CHEYENNE INDIANS"

SECOND PLACE - "CHEYENNE INDIANS"

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Team "CHEYENNE INDIANS" - Cheyenne, Wyoming 

1922 Second Place - Each player received $88.00 and M&O Cigars

The CHEYENNE INDIANS played in a total of seven annual events.

THE CHEYENNE INDIANS 

1923 DENVER POST TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS. 

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THE  COPPER LEAGUE   *  100 YEARS AGO  

"THE LAST STAND OF OUTLAW BASEBALL"

 A NEW BASEBALL TRILOGY 

 HAL CHASE     *      BUCK WEAVER    *     CHICK GANDIL

  

Along with many famous ball players including: 

 Jimmy O'Connell -  George RUBE Foster - Shoe-less Joe Jackson 

 Tom Seaton - Lefty Williams - Bert Whaling

The men came to the Southwest to Play Fast Baseball in the Roaring Twenties.

A Three-Book Baseball Series  -  1,020 pages of Authentic Baseball History 

THE RECORD BOOK OF THE  COPPER LEAGUE 

1925 - 1927 * BALL PLAYER PROFILES INDEX 

  

 DETAILS OF (22 - 9 INNING GAMES) - 100 YEARS AGO


THE HISTORY IS DOCUMENTED FROM

 JOHN LAWRENCE SMIRCH PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AS

 A COPPER LEAGUE BALL PLAYER.


CREATING A RICH OPPORTUNITY FOR BASEBALL FANS TO DISCOVER NEW DIMENSIONS OF THE BLACK SOX AND MANY HIGH-CALIBER

 BALL PLAYERS WHO CAME TO THE SOUTHWEST.


"A  COMPELLING AND EXTRAORDINARY  TRUE STORY"

About The Author

  John William Smirch is the Author of the Trilogy 

"THE LAST STAND OF OUTLAW BASEBALL"

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JOSE "COWBOY" RUIZ ELIAS

Jose "Cowboy" Ruiz Elias was inducted into The Sonora Sports Hall of Fame - Mexico in 1980. Cowboy Ruiz and Hal Chase started playing together  for 

 The NOGALES INTERNATIONAL'S of the SOUTHERN ARIZONA LEAGUE in 1923.


 The locals  crowded the ballparks to watch a higher level of baseball. 

In 1926 Douglas Blues' manager, Buck Weaver hired Cowboy Ruiz  to pitch  in 

The newly formed 1926 Copper League and 

A fast moving team from Mexico called the JUAREZ INDIANS joined the league.

"CARLOADS OF BASEBALL BOOSTERS FOLLOWED  THE TEAMS ON ROAD TRIPS

TO THE NEXT BIG GAME"

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Documenting the Historical Movement

 "The Last Stand of Outlaw Baseball" documents three years of  the 1925 Frontier League & 1926/1927 Copper League Seasons as it happened.

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"The Last Stand of Outlaw Baseball" Series

Is one of the most sought after informational  books for baseball historians and baseball aficionados, as it covers the inside journey of the former Major League  Ball Players, 

Hal Chase, Buck Weaver, Chick Gandil. 

With long-time friend "Shoe-less" Joe Jackson traveling to the Southwest to play a game with the Ex-Big-League ball players.  Historical text coupled with player / team indexes, displaying  The 1920's image  collection.

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A baseball Trilogy

Details of 22 ball games inning by inning action and the main events that happened within the three years of  

Historic Outlaw Baseball   played in this  Southwest league 100 years ago.

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Hal Chase & The Frontier League - 1925

Hal Chase moved to the Southwest to Play Fast Outlaw Baseball and soon the word got out there was a opening for  several ex-major leaguers. 

In a league of their own, The 1925 Frontier League   -  Series #1  Showcases ten ball games inning by inning action with 

Chase as manager of the Douglas, Arizona city baseball club, The Douglas Blues'. 

Chase and team battle from in the cellar to a first place tie with the Juarez Indians from  Juarez, Mexico.

Rare photographs from the 1925 collection. 

Series # 1 - Is a High-Quality Historical Baseball Book.  Size - 8.5"x11" -  (304 pages)   Interior of book is  printed in grey scale on heavy  stock.

(Full color interior,  hard cover books are available by special order only.)  (Use contact form)

BRAND NEW  - COLLECTOR QUALITY 

YEAR 2020 - EDITION BOOKS - PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Buck Weaver & The Copper League - 1926

A historical record  of Buck Weaver and his experiences during the 1926 Copper League season, highlighting 12 full ball  games inning by inning baseball action, Along with  the events that took place  in Cananea, and Nogales, Mexico, Bisbee and Douglas, Arizona, Hurley, Fort Bayard and Santa Rita, New Mexico, El Paso, Texas  and Juarez, Mexico. The ball games played in the  Southwest as it happened. 

Rare Photographs  from the 1926 collection. 

                Series #2 -  High-Quality   8.5"x 11" - Paperback  

Fully Illustrated - Historical Baseball Book

 (365 pages)  Printed in grey  scale on heavy stock.

https://www.ebay.com Buck Weaver & The Copper League 1926

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Chick Gandil & The Copper League - 1927

A historical record of Chick Gandil and his playing skills during the 1927 Copper League. It was Gandil’s determination  and experience that helped win the 1927 Copper League Championship. -Additional  Historical data about  Baseball Commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who was instrumental of the  Bisbee Bees joining the newly formed  1928 Arizona State league.  

Also, Details  Following the Outlaws into organized baseball.  

Rare Photographs from the 1927  & 1928 collection.

Series # 3 -  High-Quality - 8.5"x11" - Paperback 

Fully Illustrated - Historical Baseball Book

(350  pages)  Printed in grey scale on heavy stock.