Baseball’s Bearded Boys by Don Gitersonke

Baseball’s Bearded Boys: A Historical Look at the Israelite House of David Baseball Club of Benton Harbor, Michigan

By Don Gitersonke

The House of David baseball team of Benton Harbor, Michigan, was known for its accomplished level of play and for its players’ long beards, worn for religious reasons. They barnstormed around the continent in the early 20th century, at times playing with or against Hall of Famers Satchel Paige and Grover Cleveland Alexander. In this groundbreaking book based on extensive research and personal interviews, Don Gitersonke tells their story.

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Contents

1. Religion
2. House of David
3. Baseball
4. Chronology
5. Basketball
6. Today
7. Player Profiles

About the Author

Don Gitersonke was born and raised in Michigan. He learned about the House of David and the Baseball Club from anecdotes told by his father, John, who grew up in Bridgeman, Michigan, near Benton Harbor, the site of the House of David colony. It was his dad, who told of playing with and for the House of David, who caused Don to begin to research and collect House of David baseball material, and eventually publish this book. Don now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife, Mary.

About the Book

Baseball’s Bearded Boys: A Historical Look at the Israelite House of David Baseball Club of Benton Harbor, Michigan. First printing by Don Gitersonke, 1996. Reprinted by THP Reprints, 2020. 130 pages.