The Author

Billy D. Higgins is professor of history at the University of ArkansasFort Smith and a member of the Society of American Baseball Researchers. His previous book, A Stranger and a Sojourner: Peter Caulder, Free Black Frontiersman in Antebellum Arkansas (University of Arkansas Press 2004), won the Ragsdale Award for excellence in historical writing about Arkansas. Higgins was the catcher for the Collegians baseball team -- the 1960 Arkansas semi-pro champion.