The Negro Leagues, 1869-1960
  • The Negro Leagues, 1869-1960
  • The Negro Leagues, 1869-1960

The Negro Leagues, 1869-1960

by Leslie A. Heaphy
     
 

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This complete history of the Negro Leagues begins in the second half of the nineteenth century, discussing the early attempts by African American players to be allowed to play with white teammates and progressing through the creation of the "Gentleman's Agreement" in the 1890s that kept baseball segregated. It then discusses the establishment of the first successful…  See more details below

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This complete history of the Negro Leagues begins in the second half of the nineteenth century, discussing the early attempts by African American players to be allowed to play with white teammates and progressing through the creation of the "Gentleman's Agreement" in the 1890s that kept baseball segregated. It then discusses the establishment of the first successful Negro League in 1920 and examines various aspects of the game for the players (travel accommodations, families, off-season jobs, play and life in Latin America, racial difficulties). The history ends in 1960, when the Birmingham Black Barons went out of business and took the Negro Leagues with them. Also included are stories of individual players, owners, umpires, and others involved with the Negro Leagues in the United States and in Latin America.

Editorial Reviews

Against the Grain
excellent overview...extensive notes...thorough index...essential piece to your baseball history collection
Choice
this book [is] a milestone in Negro league historiography
The Diamond Angle
a true history...Mrs. Heaphy has done a fine job of researching an obscure corner of baseball history...a scholarly effort that never loses its narrative quality

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786475216
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/24/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
383
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Leslie A. Heaphy is an associate professor of history at Kent State University, Stark Campus, in Canton, Ohio.

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