Sandlot Seasons: Sport in Black Pittsburgh / Edition 1

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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252063428
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Series: Sport and Society Series
  • Edition description: Illini Books ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,515,403
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction 3
1 Sport and Black Pittsburgh, 1900-1930 8
The Making of a Black Community 9
The Evolution of a Black Sporting Life 14
2 Sandlot Ball 39
Kings on the Hill: The Crawfords 46
Sandlot's Longest Act: The 18th Ward Club 62
3 More Sandlot Ball 77
Beat Yesterday: The Team from Terrace Village 79
On the Gridiron: The Garfield Eagles 91
Black and White on the Sandlots 107
4 Professional Black Sport and Cum Posey 114
Black Players, White Control 115
The Negro National League 122
Cum Posey, Black Sport Entrepreneur 124
The Homestead Grays 128
5 Gus Greenlee, Black Pittsburgh's "Mr. Big" 137
The Numbers Racket 140
The Pittsburgh Crawfords 152
The Fight Game 165
6 The Decline of Black Sport 170
Cum Posey and the Grays: A Temporary Reprieve 170
Gus Greenlee Returns to Black Baseball 174
The Integration of the Major Leagues 176
The End of an Era in Black Sport 179
The Sandlot's Demise 182
The Integration of Pittsburgh Sport 186
Sport and the One-Eyed Monster 195
The Hegemony of Major League Baseball 199
Rising Costs and Restructured Communities 201
Black Sport: Past, Present, and Future 204
Notes 211
Index 231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2003

    Baseball at its best

    This was an excellent book not just about baseball, but about breaking the color barriers between African-Americans and mainstream America. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good read or who wants to learn more about History.

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