The Kings of Casino Park
Black Baseball in the Lost Season of 1932
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: The University of Alabama Press
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Introduction: The 1932 Negro Southern League: Depression Baseball, Black Monroe, and the Meaning of Sport
Fred Stovall stayed long hours at the drilling company in 1932, as he had the year before and the year before that. such was the nature of hard work, the same hard work he had been taught from his earliest days, before the oil fields of Texas had given way to the gas fields of north Louisiana, and before those had given way to the wealth that so many found bubbling underneath the earth. but...
1. The Horror: Race Culture in the “Lynch Law Center of Louisiana”
at 2:30 on Tuesday afternoon, April 30, 1919, George Bolden lay on a cot in a baggage car of the Vicksburg, Shreveport, and Pacific railroad, on his way to Shreveport, Louisiana. The wounds that had taken off his right leg were new, as were the memories of three attempts on his life in fewer than forty hours...
2. The Jazz Age and the Depression: The Different Trajectories of Monroe and Black Baseball in the 1920s
in the decade spanning Bolden’s murder and the 1932 successes of the Monroe Monarchs, American sports reached new heights of popularity. on September 23, 1926, 130,000 people watched Jack Dempsey fight Gene Tunney for the world’s heavyweight championship at sesquicentennial stadium in Philadelphia— the...
3. The Flood: Water, Race, and the Monarchs in Early 1932
The first week of January 1932, government forecasts predicted a high watermark of forty- six feet on the Ouachita River. “it is unfortunate,” read an editorial in the Monroe Morning World, “that the task of dealing with high water should be added to the general economic difficulties which are common throughout...
4. The Monarchs and the Major Leagues: The State of Black Baseball in 1932
“With the primary election over and spring making its appearance, all eyes are now turning toward America’s greatest pastime, baseball,” declared a 1932 Chicago American Giants press release. “There is no ‘depression’ on when a base ball fan desires to see a good team play.”1...
5. Spring Training: The Monarchs, the Crawfords, and the Negro Southern League
“Casino Park is the first word of Monroe and the state of Louisiana,” reported
the Shreveport Sun. “People know Monroe mostly by the monarchs and the Casino
Park, as the monarchs have played the brand of base ball for the past two
years that have attracted the attention of the entire base ball world.”
6. The First Half: April–July 1932
The Negro Southern League began its regular season on Easter weekend, and with it came a hope that matched the holiday. as children across the country waited impatiently for the Easter Bunny to arrive, Southern League teams reported healthy ticket sales and appeared confident. They were setting out in an...
7. The Southern against the South,/em>: The first- Half Pennant Controversy
long before the season began, before any of the monarchs’ first- half victories, their application for league membership had been a point of significant contention among the teams from other, larger cities. “Chief among the problems and issues discussed [at the Nashville meeting] were the fates of Louisville, which...
8. The Second Half: July–August 1932
Everything seemed to be chaos. The confusion engendered by the first- half champions debacle bred confusion throughout the rest of the season. its remainder seemed in doubt, as only four black newspapers published a second- half schedule for the league.1 Only five papers maintained consistent baseball coverage through the rest of the season...
9. The World Series: September–October 1932
The monarchs were working through a series of graduated championships in august. They were the state champions of Louisiana. They were Dixie series champions. and as they climbed each rung of that hastily constructed ladder, the fans of Monroe—particularly the black fans of Monroe—basked in the reflected pride of those victories. The team lived there, of course, and as such moved...
10. After September: The Season, the Monarchs, and Monroe in the Popular and Historical Mind
When the World series concluded, it was harvest time in northeast Louisiana. “‘Twenty cents a hundred pounds, and one meal; twenty- five cents a hundred pounds, and feed yourself!’ is the theme song of the poverty- stricken army of cotton pickers who are now beginning their annual assault upon the snowy locks...
Conclusion: “We Have Yet to Find a Moses”: Monroe as the Exception to Various Rules, Baseball and Otherwise
At the close of 1932, William “Dizzy” Dismukes, writing for the Pittsburgh Courier, lamented the loss of Rube Foster. Things had not been the same since his retirement in 1926 and death in 1930. “His guiding influence was keenly felt by his fellow league members the moment illness forced him out of active contact with league matters...
Appendix 1. 1932 Monroe Monarchs Schedule and Results
Appendix 2. Timeline of 1932 Player/Personnel Acquisitions
Appendix 3. Monroe Monarchs Roster Breakdown and Comparison
Appendix 4. Statistical Analysis of the Available Data for the 1932 Monroe Monarchs
Page Count: 245
Publication Year: 2011
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