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Baseball’s Peerless Semipros

Barthel coverThe Brooklyn Bushwicks
of Dexter Park

by Thomas Barthel

List Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-878282-56-9
Category: Sports History
Pub Date: 2009
Binding: Hard Cover (6″ x 9″), 310 pages
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The uniform always had the single word “Bushwick” on it.  No nickname like Dodgers, Giants, or Yankees.  The name was not a plural.  On the uniform was the name of a neighborhood in a borough of New York City.  Although the team was born in Brooklyn, its later home was Dexter Park in Queens on the Brooklyn border and so it was always known as Brooklyn’s team.  It rarely traveled away from Brooklyn to play its games and so was able to attach some of the best local semipro talent, along with a constant influx of minor and major league players.  All the great barnstorming teams, especially the black teams who didn’t have their own parks, consider a stop at Dexter Park as a must—not only because of the excellent competition but also because with the large crowds it meant a good payday for everyone.

This book provides you with the complete history of Max Rosner and his great Bushwick team.

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Brooklyn’s other Team
review by Pedro Baez

If you were in New York between 1917 and 1951, you had four teams to root for. They were the Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, and the Bushwicks.

The Bushwicks?

The Bushwicks were one of six semipro baseball teams in New York. Although semipro, the Bushwicks were the “Yankees” of these teams. The Bushwicks were the brainchild of Max Rosner, a Hungarian immigrant who came to the US at 16 years of age. He soon fell in love with baseball and soon organized the ball club. The players consisted of locals and castoffs from the Major Leagues. The team was based in Woodhaven, Queens on the Brooklyn-Queens border and played in Dexter Park which Max owned.

The team averaged 15,000 per contest and played some of the best of the semipros. The other local teams were the Bay Parkways, the Springfield Greys, the Queens Club, the Ridgewood Farmers, and the Barton Nighthawks, which were operated by Broadway actor James Barton and his wife. The Bushwicks played most of their games at Dexter Park. It wasn’t unusual to see stars like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, or Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige playing at Dexter.  For the baseball fan, it’s a journey to the way the game was played. For the history buff, it’s way to see how America was long ago.

When I worked at Macy’s in the early 70’s, my appetite grew for knowing more about them. Charlie Rivera, a former player with the New York Cubans, a team in the Negro Leagues said they were just a notch below the caliber of the majors.

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In addition, you can visit Gregg’s Baseball Bookcase for Gregg Kersey’s thoughts on Baseball’s Peerless Semipros.




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