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Bush League Boys: The Postwar Legends of Baseball in the American Southwest

Toby Smith

This loving tribute to the defunct minor league teams of New Mexico and west Texas resurrects a forgotten period of baseball history. Through oral histories of players, umpires, fans, sportswriters, and team officials, Toby Smith brings to life the West Texas–New Mexico League, the Longhorn League, the Southwestern League, and the Sophomore League from 1946 to 1961, when the last of them folded. Star players Joe Bauman and Bob Crues get special attention, along with assorted brawls, a fatal beaning incident, home runs, and marriages conducted at home plate. Anyone who loves baseball will enjoy this delightful book.


Toby Smith is the author or coauthor of nine books, including Little Gray Men: Roswell and the Rise of a Popular Culture (UNM Press). He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


“An honest, thorough look at a forgotten corner of New Mexico history. (Smith’s) attention to detail and knack for finding quirky, untold stories will be engaging to baseball fans and history buffs alike. . . . Bush League Boys gives baseball in New Mexico a new voice in the sport’s rich history.”


New Mexico Magazine

“(Smith) paints a very vivid picture of a bygone era that should never be forgotten. These small towns and teams are what modern baseball is built upon.”


Gregg’s Baseball Bookcase

“Those expecting a solid, colorfully-written account of baseball in small-town America during the postwar years are in for a treat. Bush League Boys is a loving, well-crafted tribute to a forgotten time, a game, and its players.”


Journal of Arizona History

6.125 x 9.25 in. 216 pages 30 halftones, 1 map