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Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1860-1901: Operating by Any Means Necessary (Sports and Entertainment)

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An important and forgotten chapter in sports and African American history. Here is the first in-depth account of the birth of black baseball and its dramatic passage from grass-roots venture to commercial enterprise. In the late nineteenth century resourceful black businessmen founded ball teams that became the Negro Leagues. Racial bias aside, they faced vast odds, from the need to court white sponsors to negotiating ball parks. With no blacks in cities, they barnstormed small towns to attract fans, employing all manner of gimmickry to rouse attention. Drawing on major newspapers and obscure African-American journals, the author explores the diverse forces that shaped minority baseball. He looks unflinchingly at prejudice in amateur and pro circles and constant inadequate press coverage. He assesses the impact of urbanization, migration, and the rise of northern ghettoes, and he applauds those bold innovators who forged black baseball into a parallel club that appealed to whites yet nurtured a uniquely African American playing style. This was black baseball's finest hour: at once a source of great ethnic pride and a hardwon pathway for integration into the mainstream.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780815629702
Author:
Lomax, Michael E.
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Baseball -- United States -- History.
Subject:
African American baseball team owners
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Sports and Entertainment
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.20x6.32x.90 in. 1.05 lbs.

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