Sandlot Seasons: Sport in Black Pittsburgh

Sandlot Seasons: Sport in Black Pittsburgh

by Rob Ruck
     
 

A new preface updates this richly detailed look at the major role sport played in shaping Pittsburgh's black community from the Roaring Twenties through the Korean War. Rob Ruck reveals how sandlot, amateur, and professional athletics helped black Pittsburgh realize its potential for self-organization, expression, and creativity. See more details below

Overview

A new preface updates this richly detailed look at the major role sport played in shaping Pittsburgh's black community from the Roaring Twenties through the Korean War. Rob Ruck reveals how sandlot, amateur, and professional athletics helped black Pittsburgh realize its potential for self-organization, expression, and creativity.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Ruck (History, Chatham Coll.) has written a fascinating account of sport in the Iron City's black community. Focusing on 20th-century sandlot baseball, he argues that teams like the Pittsburgh Crawfords ``fulfilled vital social and community functions and served as a political arena . . . in which black struggles for recognition and equality were symbolically waged . . . '' Making excellent use of oral history interviews, Ruck goes beyond mere sports trivia. He paints a vivid portrait of an urban black society and its love affair with a sporting life it produced and controlled. Highly recommended for educated laypeople and students of American social history. Anthony O. Edmonds, History Dept., Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252013225
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
12/01/1986
Series:
Sport and Society Series
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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