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Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues
     

Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues

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by James A. Riley
 

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Now available in a handsomely produced oversized paperback—with expanded information and 24 pages of black-and-white photographs—The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues documents more than four thousand players on Negro League teams from 1872 through 1950. Called "one of the best reference books of the year" by Library Journal and

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Now available in a handsomely produced oversized paperback—with expanded information and 24 pages of black-and-white photographs—The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues documents more than four thousand players on Negro League teams from 1872 through 1950. Called "one of the best reference books of the year" by Library Journal and named an outstanding academic book of the year by the American Library Association, this is the first book to cover comprehensively the careers of all African Americans who played with a team of major-league quality or whose careers are featured in the history of America’s Pastime. It delivers a wealth of information, from vital statistics and the standard baseball figures of batting averages and pitching records to career data, including years of active play, positions played, team affiliations, and even nicknames. To create this one-of-a-kind reference, baseball authority James A. Riley traveled the country to interview the surviving members of the Negro Leagues about their exploits and the careers of their now-deceased teammates. With this invaluable firsthand information, Riley brings to life the careers of such greats as Satchel Paige, Ray Dandridge, Josh Gibson, and Leon Day. Looking past Jackie Robinson’s breaking of the color barrier in 1947, he profiles all Major League Hall of Fame players who also played in the Negro Leagues such as Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Ernie Banks, and Roy Campanella. "A landmark publication in the fields of baseball history and African-American history … a one-of-a-kind work.”—Booklist

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With its 10 entries, this volume gathers enough authorial star power to keep readers dazzled. As with the best science fiction, the stories gathered here illuminate not only the world of tomorrow, but more importantly, the depths of the human soul. Among the outstanding stories is James Tiptree, Jr.'s tale of Earth in a distant future where sexuality has been forgotten. People surrender their physical being to go ``on the river,'' a kind of interstellar organic mainframe. Despite their desire to return to the old ways--hunt food, raise their own children--the last couple on Earth fall under the river's spell. Through their resistance Tiptree seems to say that humanity will always endure, even if reduced to an electronic impulse. Walter Jon Williams delves into the passions of scientific research and love, in a story in which a scientist becomes the subject in someone else's experiment. Anthony loves Philana, even when he discovers that she's controlled by a Kyklops, an alien who is curious about sex. Should Anthony allow his jealousy and anger to rip Philana apart? When he turns for help to the huge undersea Dwellers that he has been studying, the answer that surfaces is both elegant and surprising. Also contributing to this volume are Robert Silverberg, Kim Stanley Robinson and Poul Anderson. (July)
Library Journal
Editor Riley is an accomplished writer and a recognized authority on the Negro leagues, having published numerous books on the subject (e.g., Too Dark for the Hall , T.K. Pubs., 1991). His comprehensive reference book documents the careers of 4000 players on teams of major league caliber between 1872 and 1950. Notable Hall of Famers included are Hank Aaron, Satchel Paige, Ernie Banks, and Jackie Robinson. Arranged alphabetically, the citations contain a variety of biographical and statistical information. This valuable compilation also provides illustrations, team histories, an appendix on players, plus an exhaustive bibliography detailing books, periodicals, booklets, and newpaper articles. Public libraries should purchase where demand warrants.-- L.R. Little, Penticton P.L., British Columbia
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This is a landmark publication in the fields of baseball history and African American history. It documents more than 4,000 players on Negro League teams from 1872 through 1950. According to the publisher, this is the first book to comprehensively cover the careers of all African Americans who played with a team of major-league quality or whose careers had some historical significance. It includes all major-league Hall of Fame players who also played in the Negro League The author traversed the country, interviewing men who played in the Negro Leagues about their baseball exploits and the careers of their now-deceased teammates. Information was also gathered by analyzing archival resources for contemporary accounts of games and by viewing microfilm reels of black newspapers. Entries include player name and nicknames, media names, etc.; vital statistics, such as height and weight, birth and death dates; and career information, including years of active play, positions played, teams of which the player was a member. Standard baseball statistical data, such as batting averages and pitching records, are given in the body of the text. The length of entries ranges from 20-word footnotelike entries to a 2,000-word essay on the great pitcher Satchel Paige Entries include delightful anecdotal material as well. For instance, the entry for pitcher Luis Tiant (father of the 1970s Red Sox pitcher of the same name) notes his wily moves and deceptive screwball with which he held Babe Ruth to a single in a double-header. Other entries chronicle the careers of players generally unknown to the public, many of whom were some of the best men to ever play the game. Such is the case of perhaps the most versatile player, Martin Dihigo, who played virtually every position of the infield (including pitcher) and outfield for 22 years (1923-45) in the Negro League and in Latin America. One year in Mexico he led the league in hitting with a .387 batting average and also in pitching with a 18-2 record and .097 ERA Not all entries are biographical: there are many entries on Negro League teams. An appendix provides a bibliography of books, periodicals, newspapers, and special collections and a list of players interviewed. Three inserts of photographs of players are included "The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues" is a one-of-a-kind work that all public libraries should acquire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786700653
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/1994
Edition description:
1st Carroll & Graf/Richard Gallen ed
Pages:
926

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Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This book was used by me as a guide and reference source when I wrote my book, 'Hope Unborn, Unborn, Unborn.' It is a 'bible' for information on the history of Negro League Baseball and its players. I enjoyed researching through it, and it was a tremendous help to me. John G. Carswell