Hello everyone, this is Eric. I am sorry for the 3 month gap between posts and I assure you that will never happen again unless this particular chain of events happens again - Following my last post I needed to take 2 weeks off from the site to finish an article I was submitting, then I went out of town to visit family for 1 1/2 weeks, and then following my return I had some medical issues pop up that limited me for too long. Once I started recovering from the medical issues my time was spent getting caught up at work. But, I am caught up now and feeling good so Lyndon Baseball Johnson will be back with 1 - 2 posts a week again.
And some excited updates of things that have happened in the time since my last post - the article I mentioned earlier will be published by The National Pastime in their issue coming out this July/August accompany the SABR 44 National Conference which will be held in Houston this year. Just as exciting is that I was selected to present a presentation at the same conference alongside some truly impressive people in the baseball research world. If you scroll down this link http://sabr.org/convention/sabr44-presentations to Saturday you will find this:
RP24: The Houston Eagles and Professional Negro League Baseball in Texas: Not Every Bird Soars when it Migrates South
When the storied Newark Eagles moved to Houston in 1949, they were attempting to compete with the integrating Major Leagues and win back fans in new markets with significant African-American populations. It was the only time that a major league Negro league team was based out of Texas. The result was disastrous as the team struggled with attendance, and after the end of the 1950 season moved to New Orleans. Robinson discusses the factors in Newark that led to the team moving to Houston, a history of blackball teams that were based out of Southeast Texas, and how the lack of success the team had in Texas was indicative of the Negro Leagues' dwindling popularity as a whole and could even be considered the symbolic end of the Negro League period.
Take care and keep checking back for some great stories and characters.