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The Continental League

A Personal History

Russell D. Buhite

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 05/2014
Pages: 232
Subject: Sports and Recreation
eBook ISBN: 9780803273825


Long before there was Moneyball, a group of investors led by baseball legend Branch Rickey proposed a new economic model for baseball. Based on an innovative approach to evaluating and developing talent, the Continental League was the last serious attempt to form a third Major League. The league’s brief history affords a glimpse of any number of missed chances for America’s game.   As one of the original Continental Leaguers, historian Russell D. Buhite is—literally—talking “inside baseball” when he describes what happened in 1959 and 1960. Part memoir, part history, his account of the origin, development, and eventual undoing of the Continental League explores the organization’s collective corporate structure as well as its significant role in building a thriving Minor League and forcing expansion on Major League Baseball. Buhite captures a lost era in baseball history and examines its lasting impact on the game.  


Russell D. Buhite is professor emeritus of history at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is the author of several books, including Douglas MacArthur: Statecraft and Stagecraft in America’s East Asian Policy.


"Of interest to any baseball fan who wants to know about the business side of the game's history."—Library Journal

“Russell Buhite makes a significant contribution to the rapidly growing scholarly work on baseball’s past.”—Charles C. Alexander, author of Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era