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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Lanctot Narrator: Todd Barsness Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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.

Winner of the 2005 Seymour Medal of the Society for American Baseball Research

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peter | 9/25/2013

    " This is an amazing work of baseball history -- far and away the most detailed book ever written about the business end of the Negro Leagues. But it's far from an easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jason Evans | 9/10/2013

    " An amazing look at all aspects of the Negro Leagues - finances, battles for players, the move to the Majors, and stories that will entertain all fans of the game. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Robert Morrow | 8/25/2013

    " Very scholarly with very little about the baseball that was the purpose of the business. "

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