William H. “Bill” Brewster is a financial services executive, a native of Waverly, New York, and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). He holds an MA in history from the State University of New York at Albany and resides in the Chicago suburbs with his wife, Maria. His first book, The Workingman’s Game, was a finalist for SABR’s prestigious Seymour Medal.
Title by William H. Brewster
That Lively Railroad Town
Waverly, New York and the Making of Modern Baseball, 1899-1901
That Lively Railroad Town tells the intertwined stories of minor and major league baseball at the turn of the twentieth century. In central New York, a small town used its championship semi-pro team to ease the stigma of a salacious local murder case, while its former second baseman led a boycott of major league player contracts to break the National League’s monopoly and set the game up to flourish. This sequel to The Workingman’s Game weaves these stories against a backdrop of economic, racial, ethnic and labor strife, and an assassination that shocked the world.