Black Ball: A Journal of the Negro Leagues

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Reviews
Subscriptions
Back Issues
Submissions
Style Guide
Editorial Board & Staff

Since 2008, McFarland has published Black Ball, a peer-reviewed journal. Under the guidance of Leslie Heaphy and an editorial board of leading historians, the journal offers new, authoritative research on all subjects related to black baseball, including the Negro major and minor leagues, teams, and players; pre–Negro League organization and play; barnstorming; segregation and integration; class, gender, and ethnicity; the business of black baseball; and the arts.


Reviews

“The editorial board is impressive…should appeal to a large audience” – Serials Solutions

“Great articles…excellent book reviews” – The Courier


Subscriptions

General Information
Black Ball is published annually in the fall.  Print subscriptions are available for $40 and may be purchased online at the links below.

2014 (Volume 7) Subscription

2015 (Volume 8) Subscription

Volume 7, and subsequent volumes, are also available in ebook format from most major ebook vendors, including Kindle, Nook and Google Play.

To subscribe via mail, telephone, fax or e-mail, please contact:
McFarland
Box 611
Jefferson NC 28640
USA
tel 336-246-4460
fax 336-246-4403
email journals@mcfarlandpub.com


Back Issues & Single Issues

General Information
Back issues of Volumes 1-6 are available for $30.

Ordering Single Issues

To order single issues via mail, telephone, fax or e-mail, please contact:
McFarland
Box 611
Jefferson NC 28640
USA
tel 336-246-4460
fax 336-246-4403
email journals@mcfarlandpub.com


Submissions

The editor invites articles on all subjects related to black baseball, including but not limited to Negro major and minor leagues, teams, and players; pre-Negro League organization and play; barnstorming; segregation and integration; class, gender, and ethnicity; the business of black baseball; and the arts. A wide range of disciplinary perspectives and methodologies are welcome. Articles should generally run between 2,000 and 7,000 words, exclusive of the required endnotes and abstract, and should be submitted to the editor as either double-spaced hard copy and disk or as an email attachment in Microsoft Word. Be sure to include a 100 to 150-word abstract and a 75-word biographical statement with any article submission. Editorial decisions will be sent out within 60 days of manuscript receipt.

Submit all manuscripts and editorial inquiries about Black Ball to:
Leslie Heaphy
Editor, Black Ball
Kent State University, Stark
6000 Frank Road
North Canton OH 44720
lheaphy@kent.edu

Send books for review to:
Geri Strecker
Book Review Editor, Black Ball
Department of English
Ball State University
Muncie IN 47306-0460
gstrecker@bsu.edu


Style Guide

Style
Articles should be prepared according to The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. Avoid contractions, first- or second-person pronouns, one- and two-sentence paragraphs, repetition, and jargon. Italicize as needed but refrain from using headline-style all-caps and reserve bolding for headings and subheadings. Except in quotations, render special terms according to modern convention (e.g., “World Series” instead of “world’s series”). All articles accepted for publication are subject to editorial changes.

Reference Citations
As a research journal, Black Ball places great importance on documentation. Source citations, in the form of endnotes, and a bibliography are required, and each should be saved in a file separate from the text. While many primary sources appropriate for quotation in Black Ball lie in the public domain, written permissions may be required for materials either unpublished or published after 1922.

Illustrations
Illustrations related in some meaningful way to the article topic are considered. Good-quality prints or scans (300 dpi or greater, at full size) and all necessary permissions must be provided to the editor at the time of article delivery. All illustrations will be reproduced in black and white. Black Ball does not include sidebars.


Editorial Board & Staff

About the Editor
Leslie A. Heaphy is an associate professor of history and an award-winning author and editor of numerous books about baseball.

EDITOR
Leslie Heaphy
Kent State University, Stark
ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Larry Lester
Kansas City, Missouri
ASSISTANT EDITOR
Courtney Smith
Cabrini College
BOOK REVIEW EDITOR
Thomas Aiello
Valdosta State University
COPYEDITOR
Jim Overmeyer
Lenox, Massachusetts
EDITORIAL BOARD
Todd Bolton
Negro League Baseball Players Association
Raymond Doswell
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
James E. Brunson III
Northern Illinois University
Adrian Burgos
University of Illinois
Brian Carroll
Berry College
Chris Lamb
College of Charleston
Dan Nathan
Skidmore College
Paul Debono
SABR Negro Leagues Committee
Rob Ruck
University of Pittsburgh
Joe Dorinson
Long Island University
PUBLISHER
Gary Mitchem
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
MANAGING EDITOR
Layla Milholen
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
BUSINESS MANAGER
Adam Phillips
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers