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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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786709595
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Pages:
976
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 8.80(h) x 2.03(d)

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