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Baseball in the Cross Timbers: The Story of the Sooner State League Hardcover – March 4, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Oklahoma Heritage Association; first edition (March 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188559674X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885596741
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,289,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I want to thank you for the effort and detail you put into Baseball in the Cross Timbers . I am sure it was a labor of love, and based on what my dad told me, the Sooner League was a big part of your childhood. My father [Ernesto Klein, Ardmore Indians 1949-1952] has taken great pride and joy in sharing his stories about baseball and Cuba over the last few years. ... Your book has given us an opportunity to have my dad sign a book for each of the grandkids and put a little something personal to each of them. It will be a treasure for each of them through the years and for that we are greatly thankful. --Ernie Wallerstein, Jr. President Americas Zeacom, Inc. Los Angeles, California --Ernie Wallerstein, Jr.

I will say, unequivocally, that it is the finest book I ve ever seen on Class D baseball. . . Pierce's book is a classic. It is a large hard cover book, including a dust jacket. It has color every place color is possible. The color added a great deal, but the stories of the history of the league are priceless. I can recommend it to every fan of minor league baseball from the mid-part of the 20th century. It is a great book. Order yourself a copy of the book and if you don't have the money right now I think it is good enough that you could probably convince your congressman or senator to get it for you through the stimulus package. --John G. Hall Author and Baseball Historian of the K-O-M League Columbia, Missouri --John G. Hall

The art layout just beautiful; history; biographies; jacket cover with caps. Fern monopolizes it. Me, only a glimpse. --Joanna & Fern Smathers (catcher, Ada Herefords 1954) Baton Rouge, Louisiana --Joanna & Fern Smathers

About the Author

Peter G. Pierce is a fourth generation Oklahoman. After studying Classical Languages at the University of Oklahoma and law at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, he practiced commercial law and litigation for 16 years and has authored a number of articles. He was actively involved in a family-owned bank through 2000 and, following a sabbatical, moved to the bank holding company where he serves as its president and chairman. He teaches a popular course for graduating seniors at the University of Oklahoma titled "Life After O.U.--A Survival Guide"and an annual course on the history of baseball. He is a lifelong baseball fan and member of SABR.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate on May 18, 2014
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Before I retired in CO I toyed with the idea of coming back to OK in an RV to do research and write a book on the Sooner State League. I grew up going to their games. I always loved baseball. I was always glued to the TV on Saturdays watching Dizey Dean and Buddy Blatner. I learned the game from them, even if my English suffered as I quoted Dean. I was thrilled when I discovered this book and when it arrived I devoured it. Thanks Peter Pierce. You did a great job telling the history of the Sooner State League!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Walker on November 26, 2012
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My husband played in this league in 1954-55. I had tried to find any newspaper articles from that time period on the Internet and this book came up on Amazon. This was a gift to him on his 75th birthday. He was shocked that a book about the league had been written. He immediately read the book and thoroughly enjoyed it. He was so thrilled to see an article about himself in the book as well. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Baran on November 17, 2013
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A really comprehensive review of this interesting league in the low minors. It has it all - bios of the interesting players (and not just those who made it to the big leagues), history of the teams and even diagrams of the ballparks. Beautifully illustrated, it sets the standard for minor league baseball literature.
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