Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball

Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball

by Lawrence D. Hogan, Leslie A. Heaphy
     
 

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"Probably the most comprehensive history of black baseball available in one book…a must-read for any student of the game." —Cincinnati Enquirer

"Hogan sets the teams and leagues in the cultural and economic context of the black experience and the communities in which they played, broadening the book's appeal to anyone interested in this

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"Probably the most comprehensive history of black baseball available in one book…a must-read for any student of the game." —Cincinnati Enquirer

"Hogan sets the teams and leagues in the cultural and economic context of the black experience and the communities in which they played, broadening the book's appeal to anyone interested in this fascinating chapter in American history." —The Christian Science Monitor

"An outstanding tribute." —Linda Paige Shelby, daughter of Satchel Paige

"An incredible story." —Bud Selig, Commissioner of Major League Baseball

Celebrating African America's contribution to our great national pastime, this comprehensive, lively history combines vivid narrative, visual impact, and newly discovered statistics to recreate the excitement and passion of the Negro Leagues. Packed with stories, biographical essays, scores of archival photographs, and other evocative artifacts, the book is an important contribution to sports history and a fitting tribute to legendary baseball stars such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Martin Dihigo, Cool Papa Bell, and many more, who were shadowed by racial prejudice, but now shine forth in all their sparkling brilliance.

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Editorial Reviews

Chris King
Wanting to know much more (or much less) on any given page is a common experience in reading a summary history. But summary histories need to exist, and they should be rewritten by each generation so that we take responsibility for boning up on what's new and making sure our elders didn't miss anything when they put it all together. For this reason, whatever its mostly inevitable shortcomings, Shades of Glory deserves a starting spot on the library roster of any reader with an interest in baseball or black folks
— The Washington Post
Library Journal
This comprehensive history is published in association with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to coincide with special events to honor 2006 inductees from the Negro Leagues and earlier black baseball teams. With contributions from experts, the book sets this crucial part of baseball's story in its cultural context and profiles the great teams and the legendary players. An appendix offers new statistical analysis of major players. For all collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426200335
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
03/20/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
763,803
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.03(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence D. Hogan is a senior professor of history at Union County College in New Jersey. He is an expert on the history of black baseball and his touring exhibit on the subject has traveled nationwide.

Jules Tygiel a history professor at San Francisco State University, is the author of Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy, and Past Time: Baseball as History, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was founded in 1939 and has become an American institution. Dedicated to chronicling and preserving baseball history and honoring the sport's foremost figures, it annually attracts more than 350,000 visitors to its home in Cooperstown, New York.

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