The Negro Southern League was a baseball minor league that operated off and on from 1920 to 1951. It served as a valuable feeder system to the Negro National League and the Negro American League. A number of NNL and NAL stars got their start in the NSL, among them five Hall of Famers including Satchel Paige and Willie Mays. During its history, more than 80 teams were members of the league, representing 40 cities in a dozen states. In the end only four teams remained, operating more as semipro than professional teams. This book is a narrative history of the league from its inception with eight teams in major Southern cities until its demise three decades later.
Retired journalist and freelance writer, William J. Plott has written several high school sports history books and has served on the selection committees for the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame, and the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. He lives in Montevallo, Alabama.