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ISBN: 978-1-940222-10-3

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Angels in the Ozarks

Professional Baseball in Fayetteville and the Arkansas State/Arkansas-Missouri League, 1934-1940

By prize-winning author and historian J. B. Hogan.


Many decades ago, while the country struggled to recover from the Great Depression and as global events moved the world ever closer towards World War II, local baseball fields—like Fayetteville's Fair Grounds park—once rang with the less ominous, though certainly raucous, sounds of professional, minor league baseball.

      Nearly forgotten now, Fayetteville's team, the Angels, battled other Ozarks teams from Arkansas and Missouri in sometimes remarkable—and frequently rough and rowdy—struggles for diamond supremacy.


Praise for Angels in the Ozarks

Few people are still vertical who remember the Arkansas State and Arkansas/Missouri leagues. That is now changing due to the diligent efforts of Jerry Hogan who would not let that era pass into oblivion. For nearly a decade he scoured the pages of time worn documents, talked with scores people and searched grainy microfilm reels to bring a golden era in baseball to life for generations to come. The guys who wore the colors of the Arkansas and Arkansas-Missouri leagues have all passed on but their memories will live on due to the dedicated efforts of the author. Great job, Mr. Hogan.
           ~ John Hall, Sportswriter

Once upon a nearly forgotten time . . . a bush league sprang up and gave townsfolk of the area the kind of entertainment, color and excitement that only the national pastime can provide. J. B. Hogan has brought back to life . . . the sounds of joy in the backwoods of the Ozark Mountains — the crash of a wooden bat against a baseball, and guys named Cordwood and Moose and Wimpy racing around a ball diamond in magical setting warm as worm dirt. Hogan's latest book is a home run over a wooden fence, beyond a briar patch, into a grove of happiness.
           ~ Corky Simpson, 1988 AP Sportswriter of the Year

Throughout much of our history baseball was not only the national pastime, it was part and parcel of life and recreation in small towns across America. J. B. Hogan's new book on professional baseball in the Ozarks of Arkansas and Missouri is an extraordinary account of how locals loved their baseball teams — and went to great lengths to keep them playing despite exceedingly limited funding.
      Hogan's writing style is engaging, and his knowledge of the topic is unparalleled. This new book is more than a history of baseball in a small corner of the world.
      ~ T. G. Nutt

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Ever a fan of sports and all things related to the history of Northwest Arkansas, J. B. Hogan has put together not only the facts and figures but also the heart and soul of baseball in the Ozarks.
      J. B. is also the author of The Apostate and over 200 other published short stories.
      Learn more about J. B. at www.TheJBHogan.com.

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