The Crackers
Early Days of Atlanta Baseball

Tim Darnell
Foreword by Bill Shipp
Afterword by Bobby Dews


“Before the Braves, the Crackers were our team.”
—President Jimmy Carter

“There has always been something very magical about the early days of minor-league baseball, and Darnell makes that magic come alive.”
—Jim Huber, CNN/Sports Illustrated

“One of the finest books on minor-league baseball.”
—Bruce Chadwick, author of When the Game was Black and White

“[This] is a great trip through a special time in southern sports.”
—Ernie Harwell

“I love this book. . . . It’s a home run.”
—Zell Miller

“This book stirs up treasured memories.”
—Louis D. Rubin Jr., author of The Quotable Baseball Fanatic

“When people ask me what my team is, I say, ‘Well, it used to be the Crackers.’”
—Roy Blount Jr.

“A must-read”
—Creative Loafing

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Beginning in an era before traffic jams, air-conditioning, and Atlanta’s ascension to international fame, Tim Darnell chronicles the emergence of amateur and minor-league baseball in various forms in Atlanta from just after the Civil War through the rise of the Crackers (1901–65).

Through never-before-published player interviews, rare illustrations, extensive appendices of charts and statistics, a Cracker Trivia Quiz, and thorough research, Darnell examines the drama and politics that affected the Crackers over the years. Also profiled is the Black Crackers, Atlanta’s Negro Southern League franchise whose success and popularity paralleled those of their white counterparts.

The Crackers is a light-hearted, fun, and engrossing history of a time, a people, and one very special centerfield magnolia tree whose stories are legend to this day.
Page count: 224 pp.
46 b&w photos, Appendices with records and statistics, Crackers Trivia Quiz
Trim size: 6 x 8.5

Read more about Roy Blount Jr. at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


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Tim Darnell is an award-winning journalist who has written for numerous Atlanta sports and political publications. He is also the author of 101 Atlanta Sports Legends and The Georgia Tech Trivia Book.