BASEBALL IN SANTA CRUZ: ERA 1907 *

1.
Grease lined palms catch
Sunday pop flies after church
Shoe shiner lineup

2.
Jim Crow steals $2.50
Established color leagues.
Names never in print

3.
Over home plate bats
cross. Santa Cruz Colored Giants.
Vue de l’ Eau field.

4.
Throwing dust
against racism cleats cross
chalked diamond stadiums

5.
Winding pitcher throws
spectators anticipate
slides towards home plate

6.
Bottom of the third
slyly slipping bases stealing
a five-dollar win

7.
Smokey Joe throws strikes
cheering fans shelling peanuts
Uniform’s pride

8.
Teammates black and tan
playing ball. Bat cracks. Runner
up. Scores tightening.

9.
Gloves catch memories
a shortstop of histories
stories caught in time.