Item description for Oh Brother, How They Played the Game: The Story of Texas' Greatest All-Brothers Baseball Team (Texas Heritage) by Carlton Stowers...
In the middle of the Great Depression, nine brothers from a small town in the Texas Hill Country played a baseball game they would never forget--the All-Brothers Baseball Championship in Wichita, Kansas. The Deike Brothers from Hye, Texas, would take on the Stanczak Brothers from the Chicago suburb of Waukegan, Illinois, in a game staged as a promotion by a coffee company.
Veteran Texas author Carlton Stowers relates the little-known true story of Texas' greatest all-brothers baseball team, a story that includes former President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who sometimes filled in before the ninth Deike brother was big enough to play. LBJ claimed to have mailed his first letter at the post office in Hye and later swore in a Postmaster General there.
But only the brothers were allowed on the field when the Deikes squared off against the Stanczaks. No ringers were allowed, and the brothers had to bring their birth certificates to confirm their identities.
The game itself would be secondary to the thrill of traveling outside Texas for the first time--a week-long trip each way in two Model A Fords; of watching the great Satchel Paige pitch in a semi-pro tournament; and of having real uniforms for the first time. "I think we all grew about a foot taller," recalled Victor Deike, "the first time we put them on."
"The story of the amazing Deike Brothers baseball team," writes Bob St. John, "recalls those pleasant, youthful memories of weekend afternoon games played on makeshift fields."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.1" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Mar 30, 2007
Publisher State House Press
ISBN 1933337133 ISBN13 9781933337135
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More About Carlton Stowers
Carlton Stowers is the author of more than two dozen works of nonfiction, including the Edgar Award-winning "Careless Whispers," and "To The Last Breath." He and his wife live in Cedar Hill, Texas.
Carlton Stowers currently resides in Cedar Hill, in the state of Texas.