From Gary Cieradkowski, author of “The League of Outsider Baseball: An Illustrated History of Baseball’s Forgotten Heroes,” comes the second edition of the artistic journal of baseball history and art. One one page you’ll find the story of Wing Maddox, the one-armed batting champ of the Negro Leagues and on the next you can read about Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle’s trying and tumultuous rookie year with the Yankees. Within the pages of 21: The Illustrated Journal of Outsider Baseball I’ll take you from semi-pro teams of Hollywood movie stars to the beginnings of professional baseball in Japan. You’ll get the full story of how Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder Len Koenecke was killed in a wild mid-air flight over Canada and find out if Roy Campanella cost the Baltimore Elite Giants the 1942 pennant. Each article is beautifully accompanied by Cieradkowski’s bold, colorful illustrations, and the stories are told in an engaging, fast-paced style. Special features of the journal include a step-by-step look at how the artist creates the illustrations and a detailed look at a featured historic uniform. This is 168 pages of pure baseball joy, lavishly illustrated and told in the true tradition of diamond lore.
You can see more pages and a video of the new book HERE