Black Baseball Out of Season

Black Baseball Out of Season
Author: William F. McNeil
Pages: 244
ISBN: 9781476600628
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Release: 2015-05-07
Editor: McFarland
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Negro League ballplayers, earning paychecks comparable to those of blue-collar workers, needed an off-season source of income to make ends meet. Many of them found the answer in baseball, by joining racially integrated barnstorming teams that toured the country after the regular season ended, or by playing in the organized winter leagues that operated in Florida, California, and several Caribbean and Central and South American countries. This history recounts the experiences of American black ballplayers outside of the Negro Leagues—often in places where a lack of prejudice contrasted sharply with conditions at home. Tracing the development of the game in each location and the unique character of each winter league, it details the contributions of the Negro League players and collects their statistics in each of the winter leagues.

Black Baseball Black Business

Black Baseball  Black Business
Author: Roberta J. Newman,Joel Nathan Rosen
Pages: 254
ISBN: 9781617039553
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Release: 2014-03-03
Editor: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Roberta J. Newman and Joel Nathan Rosen have written an authoritative social history of the Negro Leagues. This book examines how the relationship between black baseball and black businesses functioned, particularly in urban areas with significant African American populations—Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, and more. Inextricably bound together by circumstance, these sports and business alliances faced destruction and upheaval. Once Jackie Robinson and a select handful of black baseball’s elite gained acceptance in Major League Baseball and financial stability in the mainstream economy, shock waves traveled throughout the black business world. Though the economic impact on Negro League baseball is perhaps obvious due to its demise, the impact on other black-owned businesses and on segregated neighborhoods is often undervalued if not outright ignored in current accounts. There have been many books written on great individual players who played in the Negro Leagues and/or integrated the Major Leagues. But Newman and Rosen move beyond hagiography to analyze what happens when a community has its economic footing undermined while simultaneously being called upon to celebrate a larger social progress. In this regard, Black Baseball, Black Business moves beyond the diamond to explore baseball’s desegregation narrative in a critical and wide ranging fashion.

Historical Dictionary of Baseball

Historical Dictionary of Baseball
Author: Lyle Spatz
Pages: 504
ISBN: 9780810879546
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Release: 2012-12-21
Editor: Scarecrow Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Dating back to 1869 as an organized professional sport, the game of baseball is not only the oldest professional sport in North America, but also symbolizes much more. Walt Whitman described it as “our game, the American game,” and George Will compared calling baseball “just a game” to the Grand Canyon being “just a hole.” Countless others have called baseball “the most elegant game,” and to those who have played it, it’s life. The Historical Dictionary of Baseball is primarily devoted to the major leagues it also includes entries on the minor leagues, the Negro Leagues, women’s baseball, baseball in various other countries, and other non-major league related topics. It traces baseball, in general, and these topics individually, from their beginnings up to the present. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 900 cross-referenced entries on the roles of the players on the field—batters, pitchers, fielders—as well as non-playing personnel—general managers, managers, coaches, and umpires. There are also entries for individual teams and leagues, stadiums and ballparks, the role of the draft and reserve clause, and baseball’s rules, and statistical categories. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the sport of baseball.

Baseball and the House of David

Baseball and the House of David
Author: P.J. Dragseth
Pages: 230
ISBN: 9781476639222
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Release: 2021-02-26
Editor: McFarland
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

House of David barnstorming baseball (1915-1957) was played without pre-determined schedules, leagues, player statistics or standings. The Davids quickly gained popularity for their hirsute appearance and flashy, fast-paced style of play. During their 200 seasons, they travelled as many as 30,000 miles, criss-crossing the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Benton Harbor teams invented the pepper game and were winners year after year, becoming legends in barnstorming baseball. Initially a loose affiliation of players, the Davids expanded to three teams--Western, Central and Eastern--as their reputation grew, and hired outsiders to fill the rosters. Prominent among them were pitchers Grover Cleveland Alexander and Charlie "Chief" Bender, both player managers in the early 1930s. They resisted the color barrier, eagerly facing Negro League teams everywhere. In 1934, before their largest crowd to date, they defeated the first Negro team invited to the famed Denver Post Tournament, the great Kansas City Monarchs, for the championship.

Baseball S Brotherhood Team

Baseball   S Brotherhood Team
Author: Bryan Steverson
Pages: 276
ISBN: 9781973616870
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Release: 2018-02-22
Editor: WestBow Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the Book of Genesis, when Cain is confronted by God regarding the death of his brother, he replies, Am I my brothers keeper? Within these pages, players respond affirmatively to this centurys age old question. They took stands against prejudice during times in our country when it was not the norm. Their courage serves as a model for all of us today. These players lived the biblical challenge of loving your neighbor. This is the third book by the author of inspirational stories about players from our national pastime. Fifteen members of our National Baseball Hall of Fame are here as well as others of lesser fame. The examples include 19th century baseball, Babe Ruth and Pete Rose. Each player was special. Each story inspirational.

Black Baseball Entrepreneurs 1902 1931

Black Baseball Entrepreneurs  1902 1931
Author: Michael E Lomax
Pages: 520
ISBN: 9780815652823
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Release: 2014-06-27
Editor: Syracuse University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

As the companion volume to Black Baseball Entrepreneurs,1860-1901: Operating by Any Means Necessary, Lomax's new book continues to chronicle the history of black baseball in the United States. The first volume traced the development of baseball from an exercise in community building among African Americans in the pre-Civil War era into a commercialized amusement and a rare and lucrative opportunity for entrepreneurship within the black community. In this book, Lomax takes a closer look at the marketing and promotion of the Negro Leagues by black baseball magnates. He explores how race influenced black baseball's institutional development and how it shaped the business relationship with white clubs and managers. Lomax explains how the decisions that black baseball magnates made to insulate themselves from outside influences may have distorted their perceptions and ultimately led to the Negro Leagues' demise. The collapse of the Negro Leagues by 1931 was, Lomax argues, "a dream deferred in the overall African American pursuit for freedom and self-determination."

Black Baseball

Black Baseball
Author: Kyle McNary
Pages: 176
ISBN: 1856487768
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Release: 2006-03-28
Editor: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the first Black amateur players before the Civil War through to the last barnstorming Negro League teams in the 1960s, here is the complete and utterly fascinating history of segregated baseball in the United States. Thanks to photographs of the major players and many first-hand accounts, baseball fans will get the full story of this tumultuous time, behind the scenes and out in the ballparks. Every detail is revealed, starting with that sad day in 1911 when the governing body of the National Association of Baseball Players voted unanimously to bar any club that signed an African-American. Meet the many players, including George Stovey, Sol White, and Welday Walker, who blazed the way for Jackie Robinson to integrate major league baseball in 1947. Feel the frustration felt by the players when they were denied hotel rooms and restaurant service while on the road. Every image and tale also conveys the joy of the game and the pride these men felt in playing professional baseball.

Black Baseball and Chicago

Black Baseball and Chicago
Author: Leslie A. Heaphy
Pages: 267
ISBN: 9780786426744
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Release: 2006-07-05
Editor: McFarland
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

""Founded in 1920, the Negro National League comprised teams throughout the Midwest, but the league's groundwork was laid in one city--Chicago. This work presents notable papers delivered at the 2005 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Chicago. The work offers a cohesive history of Chicago's long relationship with Black baseball"--Provided by publisher.

Black Baseball s Last Team Standing

Black Baseball s Last Team Standing
Author: William J. Plott
Pages: 345
ISBN: 9781476677880
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Release: 2019-07-19
Editor: McFarland
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

 The Birmingham Black Barons were a nationally known team in baseball’s Negro leagues from 1920 through 1962. Among its storied players were Hall of Famers Satchel Paige, Willie Mays, and Mule Suttles. The Black Barons played in the final Negro Leagues World Series in 1948 and were a major drawing card when barnstorming throughout the United States and parts of Canada. This book chronicles the team’s history and presents the only comprehensive roster of the hundreds of men who wore the Black Barons uniform.

The Black Press and Black Baseball 1915 1955

The Black Press and Black Baseball  1915 1955
Author: Brian Carroll
Pages: 166
ISBN: 9781317499312
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Release: 2015-07-16
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book brings into dramatic relief the dilemma, or devil's bargain, that faced the black press in first building up black baseball, then crusading for the sport's integration and, as a result of that largely successful campaign, ultimately encouraging and even ensuring the demise of those same black leagues. Taking a thematic approach, this book focuses each of its chapters on a singular event or phenomenon from and for each decade of the period covered, a period that spans the roughly four decades of the black leagues' existence. Thus, the book drills down on a handful of representative events and phenomena to present a history of the black press and black baseball. Themes include the many ways team owners and the weekly newspapers' editors and writers worked in concert to build up the leagues, the paired fortunes of black players and black writers, the desperation to save the Negro leagues when it became clear integration threatened their survival, and finally the black press’s response to the residues of baseball's decades of segregation.

501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read Before They Die

501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read Before They Die
Author: Ron Kaplan
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780803246485
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Release: 2013-04-01
Editor: U of Nebraska Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Propounding his “small ball theory” of sports literature, George Plimpton proposed that “the smaller the ball, the more formidable the literature.” Of course he had the relatively small baseball in mind, because its literature is formidable—vast and varied, instructive, often wildly entertaining, and occasionally brilliant. From this bewildering array of baseball books, Ron Kaplan has chosen 501 of the best, making it easier for fans to find just the books to suit them (or to know what they’re missing). From biography, history, fiction, and instruction to books about ballparks, business, and rules, anyone who loves to read about baseball will find in this book a companionable guide, far more fun than a reference work has any right to be.

Oscar Charleston

Oscar Charleston
Author: Jeremy Beer
Pages: 472
ISBN: 9781496217844
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Release: 2019-11-01
Editor: U of Nebraska Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

2020 SABR Seymour Medal 2019 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year Buck O’Neil once described him as “Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and Tris Speaker rolled into one.” Among experts he is regarded as the best player in Negro Leagues history. During his prime he became a legend in Cuba and one of black America’s most popular figures. Yet even among serious sports fans, Oscar Charleston is virtually unknown today. In a long career spanning from 1915 to 1954, Charleston played against, managed, befriended, and occasionally fought men such as Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Jesse Owens, Roy Campanella, and Branch Rickey. He displayed tremendous power, speed, and defensive instincts along with a fierce intelligence and commitment to his craft. Charleston’s competitive fire sometimes brought him trouble, but more often it led to victories, championships, and profound respect. While Charleston never played in the Major Leagues, he was a trailblazer who became the first black man to work as a scout for a Major League team when Branch Rickey hired him to evaluate players for the Dodgers in the 1940s. From the mid?1920s on, he was a player?manager for several clubs. In 1932 he joined the Pittsburgh Crawfords and would manage the club many consider the finest Negro League team of all time, featuring five future Hall of Famers, including himself, Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson, Judy Johnson, and Satchel Paige. Charleston’s combined record as a player, manager, and scout makes him the most accomplished figure in black baseball history. His mastery of the quintessentially American sport under the conditions of segregation revealed what was possible for black achievement, bringing hope to millions. Oscar Charleston introduces readers to one of America’s greatest and most fascinating athletes.

Black Baseball s National Showcase

Black Baseball s National Showcase
Author: Larry Lester
Pages: 498
ISBN: 0803280009
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Release: 2001-01-01
Editor: U of Nebraska Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A lively illustrated introduction to the Negro League equivalent of the All-Star Game discusses the history of the games, as well as the colorful cast of promoters, gamblers, and hucksters who made it happen. Original.

Black Baseball Entrepreneurs 1860 1901

Black Baseball Entrepreneurs  1860 1901
Author: Michael E. Lomax
Pages: 272
ISBN: 0815607865
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Release: 2003-04-01
Editor: Syracuse University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An account of the birth of black baseball and its dramatic passage from grass-roots venture to commercial enterprise. It assesses the impact of urbanization and migration, and applauds those innovators who forged black baseball into a parallel club that also appealed to whites.

Voices from the Great Black Baseball Leagues

Voices from the Great Black Baseball Leagues
Author: John B. Holway
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780486136479
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Release: 2012-05-29
Editor: Courier Corporation
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The foremost historian of the "blackball" era spent nearly 10 years researching this acclaimed oral history, interviewing 17 outstanding players including Cool Papa Bell, Buck Leonard, and Willie Wells. Over 80 vintage photographs.

Early Black Baseball in Minnesota

Early Black Baseball in Minnesota
Author: Todd Peterson
Pages: 313
ISBN: 9780786457526
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Release: 2014-01-10
Editor: McFarland
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Though they played in the years before Rube Foster formed the first Negro League, the St. Paul Gophers and their bitter crosstown rivals, the Minneapolis Keystones, had the talent, bench depth, and determination to rival many of those later, better known teams. (The Gophers, in fact, beat Chicago’s celebrated Leland Giants in 1909, laying claim to blackball’s western championship.) Focusing on these two clubs, author Peterson lays out the early history of African American baseball in the Upper Midwest. Included are new statistics and more than 50 rarely seen photographs.

Black Baseball in Chicago

Black Baseball in Chicago
Author: Larry Lester,Sammy J. Miller,Dick Clark
Pages: 128
ISBN: 0738507040
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Release: 2000
Editor: Arcadia Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When the Negro National League was formed in Kansas City in 1920, a new chapter in sports history began. The city of Chicago played no small part in the creation and content of this historic chapter. Black Baseball in Chicago chronicles the history of the teams and players that spent time in the "Windy City." In 1911, the Chicago American Giants were born. This team drew some of the best players from the league, including such legendary stars as Bruce Petway, Pete Hill, Grant "Home Run" Johnson, and future hall-of-famer John Henry "Pop" Lloyd. On any given Sunday afternoon, the Chicago American Giants games often outdrew those of the cross-town rivals, the White Sox and the Cubs.

Ed Bolden and Black Baseball in Philadelphia

Ed Bolden and Black Baseball in Philadelphia
Author: Courtney Michelle Smith
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781476627434
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Release: 2017-02-06
Editor: McFarland
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For nearly 40 years, Ed Bolden dominated black baseball in Philadelphia. He owned two teams, the Darby-based Hilldale Club and the Philadelphia Stars, and briefly led the Eastern Colored League, which he founded. Winner of two championships—one with each team—he experienced the highs and lows of the Negro Leagues. He remained with the Stars until his death in 1950, which foreshadowed the dissolution of the Negro Leagues in the face of Major League Baseball’s integration. This book examines Bolden’s leadership of both teams through economic downturns, racial discrimination and two world wars.

Clark Griffith Baseball s Statesman

Clark Griffith  Baseball s Statesman
Author: Brian McKenna
Pages: 373
ISBN: 9780557472956
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Release: 2010-06-05
Editor: Lulu.com
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Full-length biography of baseball Hall of Famer Clark Griffith, famed pitcher, manager and executive whose career spanned eight decades from the 1880s until his death in 1955.Clark Griffith was an integral part of much of the early history of the major leagues. His accomplishments within the game were varied: winning pitcher in over 230 games; unionizating; relief pitching; a founder of the American League; pennant-winning manager; integration; founder of the New York Yankees; long-time manager, executive and owner of the Washington Senators.

Black Baseball in Detroit

Black Baseball in Detroit
Author: Larry Lester,Sammy J. Miller,Dick Clark
Pages: 128
ISBN: 0738507075
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Release: 2000
Editor: Arcadia Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When the Negro National League was formed in Kansas City in 1920, a new chapter in sports history, indeed in American history, began to be written. Whistle Stop: Black Baseball in Detroit chronicles the history of the various teams and players that spent time in the "Motor City." From the aftermath of the First World War, through the Jazz Age and Prohibition, the Great Depression, and through the 1950s, the history of the Negro Leagues parallels the history of Black America, from segregation to full inclusion. With the hiring of pioneers like Jackie Robinson by the major leagues came the end of the Negro Leagues, and the end of an era. You will meet the players--"Ghost" Marcell, "Cool Papa" Bell, "Bingo" DeMoss, and the great Norman "Turkey" Stearnes--who made this sport a vibrant and exciting part of the American landscape.