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Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Gameby Rob Ruck
Synopses & Reviews
From an award-winning writer, the first linked history of African Americans and Latinos in Major League Baseball
The colliding histories of blackand Latin ballplayers in the major leagues run the gamut from early collaboration in civil rights protests to simmering intra-racial tensions. Jackie Robinson jumped baseball's color line to much fanfare, butintegration was also painful. It gutted the once vibrant Negro Leagues and often subjected Latin players to Jim Crow racism. Today, MLB tightens its grasp around the Caribbean's burgeoning baseball academies; athome, it embraces, and exploits, the legacy of the Negro Leagues.
After peaking at 27 percent of all major leaguers in 1975, African Americans now make up less than one-tenth--adecline unimaginable in other men's pro sports. The number of Latin Americans, by contrast, has exploded to over a quarter of all major leaguers and roughly half of those playing in the minors. Rob Ruck not onlyexplains the catalyst for this sea change; he also breaks down the consequences that cut across all quarters of society. In Raceball, a brilliant researcher and deft storyteller puts the pieces togetherto unveil a fresh and stunning truth: baseball has never been stronger as a business, never weaker as a game.
Discusses the intricate relationship between race and baseball, from the integration of the Major Leagues to the resulting decline of the Negro League and contemporary prominence of baseball players from the Caribbean.
From an award-winning writer comes the first linked history of African Americans and Latinos in Major League Baseball.
About the Author
Rob Ruck teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. Author of Sandlot Seasons: Sport in Black Pittsburgh and The Tropic of Baseball: Baseball in the Dominican Republic, his documentary work includes the Emmy Award–winning Kings on the Hill: Baseball’s Forgotten Men. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Maggie Patterson, his coauthor for Rooney: A Sporting Life.
Table of Contents
The Gospel of baseball — Blackball's heyday — A Latin challenge — The winds of war — Integration's curse — Viva M
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