FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Author and historian J.B. Hogan launches his new book about the Fayetteville Angels and minor league baseball in our area in the 1930s at the Fayetteville Public Library on Saturday, November 23, at 11:00 a.m. to noon. A book signing will follow the presentation.
Angels in the Ozarks is the nearly forgotten history of the Arkansas State/Arkansas-Missouri League, a tiny professional baseball minor league that existed in the Arkansas and Missouri Ozarks during the Great Depression from 1934 to 1940. This Class D minor league, formed in the Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas, originally consisted of four local teams, once described as “one of the (if not the) smallest league that ever functioned in organized baseball.”
The book details the league, season by season, telling the story of its teams and players, including such later famous major leaguers as Ralph Houk, Walker Cooper, and the Fayetteville Angels batboy Sherman Lollar. Characters like Thornton “Hornbuckle Buck” Buchanan, Fred Hawn, and Frances Dunlap, a local female athlete who may have been the first woman to ever play men’s professional baseball, stride bigger than life through these pages. Angels includes extensive statistical information never before collected or printed.
Author J. B. Hogan is a native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, the only town to field a team in the ASL/A-ML each year it existed. After a long hiatus, Hogan has returned home to pursue writing full-time. Besides his involvement in local history research and writing, Hogan also pens fiction and poetry. His short stories and poetry have been widely published on the Internet. The Apostate is his first book of fiction.