Scott Simkus On Strange World Of "Outsider Baseball"

Aug 18, 2014

Major League Baseball is the toughest level of the sport, with the world’s best players and highest quality of play. But contrary to what modern fans used to on-demand scores and video might think, it wasn’t always this way.

Baseball researcher and author – and erstwhile copier salesman — Scott Simkus makes the case in his new book Outsider Baseball: The Weird World Of Hardball on the Fringe 1876-1950 that baseball was a different world in the sprawling early days of the sport.

There were foreign barnstorming teams, clowns, bearded cults, and, pre-Jackie Robinson, integrated play.

Scott Simkus’ book is published by Chicago Review Press.