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Ardmore Indians 1953

Ada Herefords 1953

McAlester Rockets 1950


What They're Saying

Praise for Baseball in the Cross Timbers

I received the book, and I want you to know I think it's outstanding.   Great Job.

"If you are a baseball fan, let me highly recommend that you purchase a copy of "Baseball in the Cross Timbers" by Peter G. Pierce.  The book is about minor league baseball in the Sooner State League, which operated for 11 seasons between 1947 and 1957.

I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the hardback book and its content.  It contains 365 glossy pages along with 300 photos and illustrations, and an abundance of baseball statistics.

Mike Graxiola, Publisher, The Paris News, March 12, 2009

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I will say, unequivocally, that it is the finest book I've ever seen on Class D baseball... Pierce's book is a classic.  It is a large hard cover book, including dust jacket.  It has color every place  color is possible.  The color added a great deal, but the stories of the history of the league are priceless.  I can recommend it to every fan of minor league baseball from the mid-part of the 20th century.  It is a great book.

Order yourself a copy of the book and if you don't have the money right now I think it is good enough that you could probably convince your congressman or senator to get it for you through the stimulus package.

John G. Hall, Author and Historian of the K-O-M League, Columbia, Missouri

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WOW!  I expected nothing like the book you've produced.  what a beautiful piece of work.  I'd love to do something like this on the Big State League someday.  It's really one of the best regional books I've ever seen.  Congratulations.

Dr. John Mark Dempsey, Author & Associate Professor of Mass Communication,  Media & Theater, Texas A&M University-Commerce

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Praise from the Players, former Batboys and Families

Thanks so much for a great book--the Story of the Sooner State League.  It's truly a pleasure to read about and recalling memories when playing for the McAlester Rockets in '49 &'50.  Your book is a treasure to me and [my wife] and our children.

Bobby Tuminello, McAlester Rockets 1949*1950

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The art layout just beautiful; history; biographies; jacket cover and caps.  Fern monopolizes
it...Me only glimpses.

Joanna & Fern Smathers, Ada Herefords 1954

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What a wonderful piece of work.  It is obvious that you have done a tremendous amount of research to put together this great piece of history in minor league baseball.  I do not know of any other book or history piece concerning the Sooner State League, and because I share your love of this subject, I am so very proud of what you have done.  Many thanks.

Derril W. McGuire, Esq. Batboy, Ardmore Indians & Cardinals 1951-1955, Ardmore, Oklahoma

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Congratulations on your achievement of the  Cross Timbers book on the Sooner State League.  I learned so much from reading it.  As a batboy for the Herefords, I thought I knew everything about the league, but I was wrong.  What a unique piece of sports history in our State.

Bill Thrash, Batboy for the Ada Herefords 1952-1953, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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I love the book.  I was a batboy for the Ardmore Indians in 1950.

Les Gilliam, Oklahoma's Balladeer, Ponca City, Oklahoma