John B Holway's Blackball Stars won the coveted Casey award as best baseball book of 1989. Blackball Stars is a wonderful collection of profiles and itself a fair history of the Negro Leagues. The Washington Post. This is more than a collection of baseball biographies. Its strength is Holway's ability to recreate the aura of this time through colorful anecdotes and player reminiscences. San Francisco Chronicle on Voices From the Great Black Baseball Leagues. John Holway's statistics prove the greatness of the Negro League players. Now, we can truly call baseball the National Pastime." Ken Burns on The Complete Book of the Negro Leagues Holway, one of the deans of black baseball history, provides the most complete statistical study yet of the game's segregated half, the obvious by-product of painstaking research. Library Journal on The Complete Book of the Negro Leagues. The Complete Book of the Negro Leagues is a compelling story and a must-read for all baseball fans. Allan 'Bud' Selig, Commissioner of baseball. Holway is the granddaddy of researchers on black baseball. Even other authorities will learn something on each page of The Complete Book of the Negro Leagues, a must-read for every student and historian. Robert Peterson, author of Only the Ball Was White. This book is a culmination of three decades of dedicated research by the man who knows more about Negro baseball history than any writer ever. Royce "Crash" Parr, author of Glory Days of Summer . Blackball Tales, Holway's third series of oral compilations, relates the joys, travails, and aspirations of members of the Negro Leagues. Holway has done as much as anyone to chronicle the story of segregated baseball. Highly recommended for general libraries. Library Journal.