I'm researching the Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League with
the goal of writing a book about its colorful history, which
spanned thirty seasons from 1903 to 1955. No other book has
been written about it.
It's a very exhaustive process to document a baseball
league whose early history has so many statistical gaps. No
official statistics were published for the 1903, 1904, 1905,
1916, and 1922 seasons; those that are available for the 1923
and 1924 seasons are questionable and very likely incomplete.
Not having these statistics available for a particular season
makes writing a history of it much harder.
Ray Nemec has completed a new compilation of batting and
pitching stats for the 1936 season and I just recently
finished a similar effort for the 1935 season. My limited
experience with reconstructing lost statistics from newspaper
box scores has shown me that it's a time-consuming and
somewhat costly process.
While I'm reconstructing statistics, I've also begun
writing the narratives for a few Kitty League seasons. And I'm
always looking for former players and their families willing
to share their stories and memories for this project.
If you are a former player, umpire, club official, or fan
of the Kitty League, please contact me. I would be very
interesting in talking or corresponding with you. Please
contact me via e-mail here.
Please check back as more news and information about the
book with be posted soon.