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

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ISBN-13: 9781426200335
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 03/20/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 453,395
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.03(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents


Foreword   Jules Tygiel     vi
Introduction   Lawrence D. Hogan     1
Early Days   James Overmyer     4
Before Jim Crow   James Overmyer   Lawrence D. Hogan     42
The Great Independents   Michael Lomax   Lawrence D. Hogan     66
Organized League Ball   Michael Lomax   Lawrence D. Hogan     126
The New Negro   Lawrence D. Hogan     152
Hope for the Future   Lawrence D. Hogan   Neil Lanctot   James Overmyer     194
The Breakdown   Neil Lanctot     222
Recovery and Demise   Robert Ruck   Lawrence D. Hogan     266
Crossing the Color Line   Robert Ruck     324
Forgotten Legacy   Robert Peterson   Lyle Wilson   Robert Ruck   Lawrence D. Hogan     350
Negro League Statistics   Larry Lester   Dick Clark     380
Index     412

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Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
hobbitprincess on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I must confess that I never finished this book. It was so poorly put together, that I couldn't finish it. From the first page, I thought I had jumped into the book in the middle somewhere. I turned it over to my husband (an avid baseball fan), thinking perhaps it was my lack of understanding of the game that was creating problems, but he had a rough time with it too. The subject matter is excellent, and I can only hope that the final publication of the book took care of the continuity problems that I encountered.
britnee111 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Baseball has a lot of history behind it, and as a relatively new fan of the game I'm reminded every time I pick up a book about just how much I don't know about it.This book was helpful in filling in some of the gaps for an era and a league for which a lot of people could probably use some gaps filled. While general baseball coverage will introduce most casual fans to the headliners of the Negro Leagues, this book goes beyond biographies of the top stars to the more nuts-and-bolts mechanics of the leagues they played in and how they operated parallel to the segregated major and minor leagues. It's as much a story about black businesses and black communities as about black baseball. Because it is trying to cover so much ground, it does jump around quite a bit and as some others have mentioned the tone is a bit boostery. Because I had an advance reader's copy the pictures and statistical indexes were not complete. However, it looks like the finished version will be a useful introduction to a story that every baseball fan should be introduced to.
plumdog28 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A very exhaustive study of the Negro Leagues and black baseball in general, it does tend to jump around too much. The author clearly knows a great deal about the history of blacks and baseball and his desire to give as many players their due is laudable. Unfortunately, the style of the book and the admittedly scare amount of information that remains on the subject make it difficult at times for the reader to keep track of what was happening at a particular period of time.
dougwood57 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Shades of Glory is a very fine history tracing the arc of "Negro League" baseball from its beginning through it glory days through its inevitable and sadly ironic end once the white leagues were integrated. I still prefer Robert Peterson's groundbreaking 1970 history 'Only the Ball Was White', but this book also tells the history reasonably well. It includes many photos, brief bios of individuals players, and great stories. The book also covers the economics of the Negro Leagues, which is almost as interesting as the baseball.Others have commented that the book "jumped around". This may be explained by the fact that this book is the distillation of a much larger 800-page history written by teams of historians and sportswriters.
abealy on LibraryThing 5 months ago
From the open fields of rural America to inner-city streets and sandlots, baseball and the boys of summer have been America¿s feel-good obsession. That this pastime was played out in parallel, necessitated by the segregationist policies of America in the 19th and 20th centuries, is still so hard to understand. In his foreword to Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball by Lawrence D. Hogan, baseball historian Jules Tygiel writes ¿The realm of black baseball was a vibrant and colorful one. It offered a panorama of innovation and enterprise, entertainment and excitement, and unparalleled athletic achievement.¿ This book brings alive the history of black baseball, from slaves playing on plantations in the pre-Civil War South to the first organized games of the mid-19th century and the glory days of the Negro leagues in the 1920s, ¿30s and ¿40s. This book profiles the players, owners and fans that made baseball come alive for generations of African Americans.All the heroes of Negro League baseball are here. Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell, Buck O'Neill, Josh Gibson up until the arrival of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campenella and Monte Irwin and how their breaking the color barrier effectively put an end to Negro League baseball.There are stats of ball players and organizations at the back of the book, although they are missing in this pre-release edition. The book is an important contribution to the history of baseball in America and a sensitive tribute to the players and teams that wrote a unique chapter in the story of baseball and American culture.
Mantra on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Shades of Glory tells the history of African American Baseball.It's obvious that there was a tremendous amount of research that went into this book.I believed I was pretty familiar with a lot of the players and stories of the Negro Leaguesbut I learned a lot from this work. Sprinkled throughout the book are numerous sidebars aboutmany of the best players. There were many tales I had not heard about, such as the legend ofCool Papa Bell, about whom it's said could turn off the lights and be in bed before they went off.I was surprised to learn that this story is actually based on true events! The Negro Leagues were innovators in many ways. Did you know that the first night games wereplayed in the Negro Leagues?Whereas most of the books I've read have dealt mostly with the players themselves and theiraccomplishments, Shades of Glory details the history of the leagues themselves. How they came about,the economic problems, how the various incarnations of leagues came and went. It details a lot ofthe business side of the history that I knew nothing about. It's also quite enlightening as to justhow much baseball brought communities together in both the white communities and very much in theblack communities. There was a time in the past when baseball played a huge part of American life.Towns and companies had teams and huge numbers of people followed their local teams. Sadly, as much as Jackie Robinson and the integration of Major League Baseball did for our country,there were also casualties. The Negro Leagues quickly died due to mostly economic reasons; the fansstarted going to see the Major League teams with black players and not following the Negro League teams.Black-owned hotels and other businesses lost a lot of business once the other businesses started openingtheir doors. But most of the old negro players who missed out on playing in the majors don't expressa lot of regret. They are thankful for getting to play baseball! Shades of Glory goes much more into the business side of the history of the Negro Leagues thanit does the actual players and their statistics, but it's filled with some remarkable accounts and reallyopens your eyes as to the struggles of the African American players in the early days of baseball.I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in baseball history and some of the greatest playerswho never made it to the major leagues.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book should be viewed in the Baseball Hall of Fame - hands down. The writing along with the incredible pictures paint a perfect picture of the black baseball players of yesterday. I love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hogan brings these historic figures to life. An interesting read from start to finish and the pictures are priceless!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hands down, the best book I have ever read in my life...Lawrence Hogan is truly a master at his craft. 2 enthusiastic thumbs up!:)