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Negro league baseball : the rise and ruin of a Black institution /

by Lanctot, Neil.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2004Description: xi, 496 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0812238079 (cloth : alk. paper) :; 9780812238075 (cloth : alk. paper).Title notes: $34.95 2-2007 (db)Subject(s): Negro leagues -- History | Baseball -- United States -- History
Contents:
A fragile industry and a struggling community -- External threats and internal dissension -- Growing pains -- A new beginning -- An industry transformed -- Life inside a changing industry -- On the outside looking in -- Breakthrough and setback -- Integration and the changing postwar world -- "The golden era has passed" -- The end of a business.
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<p>The story of black professional baseball provides a remarkable perspective on several major themes in modern African American history: the initial black response to segregation, the subsequent struggle to establish successful separate enterprises, and the later movement toward integration. Baseball functioned as a critical component in the separate economy catering to black consumers in the urban centers of the North and South. While most black businesses struggled to survive from year to year, professional baseball teams and leagues operated for decades, representing a major achievement in black enterprise and institution building.</p> <p> Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution presents the extraordinary history of a great African American achievement, from its lowest ebb during the Depression, through its golden age and World War II, until its gradual disappearance during the early years of the civil rights era. Faced with only a limited amount of correspondence and documents, Lanctot consulted virtually every sports page of every black newspaper located in a league city. He then conducted interviews with former players and scrutinized existing financial, court, and federal records. Through his efforts, Lanctot has painstakingly reconstructed the institutional history of black professional baseball, locating the players, teams, owners, and fans in the wider context of the league's administration. In addition, he provides valuable insight into the changing attitudes of African Americans toward the need for separate institutions.</p>

$34.95 2-2007 (db)

Includes bibliographical references (p. [401]-478) and index.

A fragile industry and a struggling community -- External threats and internal dissension -- Growing pains -- A new beginning -- An industry transformed -- Life inside a changing industry -- On the outside looking in -- Breakthrough and setback -- Integration and the changing postwar world -- "The golden era has passed" -- The end of a business.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface
  • Part I Separate But Equal?
  • Chapter 1 A Fragile Industry and a Struggling Community
  • Chapter 2 External Threats and Internal Dissension
  • Chapter 3 Growing Pains
  • Chapter 4 A New Beginning
  • Chapter 5 An Industry Transformed
  • Chapter 6 Life Inside a Changing Industry
  • Part II Integration
  • Chapter 7 On the Outside Looking In
  • Chapter 8 Breakthrough and Setback
  • Chapter 9 Integration and the Changing Postwar World
  • Chapter 10 ""The Golden Era Has Passed""
  • Chapter 11 The End of a Business List of A

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Library Journal Review

The author painstakingly examines the difficult path trodden by black baseball during the period of the Great Depression, World War II, and the early Cold War era. Lanctot (history, Univ. of Delaware) focuses on the Negro National League, which diligently strove to make black baseball commercially viable, wrestled with calls for the integration of organized ball, and suffered through the eventual batting down of Jim Crow barriers. Those barriers had endured, even during the war years when the major leagues experienced a marked manpower shortage, and as sportswriter/black league executive Rollo Wilson exclaimed in 1945, "a one-armed man, a one-legged man, Cubans, Chinese, Mexicans-anyone except a known colored man" was welcomed into the big leagues. Key personalities are briefly discussed, but this volume retains a larger emphasis on broad social, cultural, and economic currents. Lanctot clearly explores how a destitute industry acquired seemingly firm economic footing during the war years, only to plummet precipitously once the minor and major leagues became integrated. By the 1950s, even once-thriving franchises like the Homestead Grays and the Kansas City Monarchs went under. Still, black baseball had created an enormously rich talent pool-Robinson, Campanella, Mays, Aaron, and Banks, among others-that transformed the major leagues. For general libraries.-R.C. Cottrell, California State Univ., Chico (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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