Black Ball 10

New Research in African American Baseball History

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About the Book

Under the guidance of Leslie Heaphy and an editorial board of leading historians, this peer-reviewed, annual book series 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.

About the Author(s)

Leslie A. Heaphy is an associate professor of history at Kent State University, Stark Campus, in Canton, Ohio.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Leslie A. Heaphy
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 233
Bibliographic Info: 23 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6388-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2335-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note vii
Articles
Fortuitous Event or Planned Action? The Nashua Dodgers, the Second Front of Baseball Integration in 1946
Charlie Bevis 1
Twenty-First Century Mamie Johnson? Pitch and the Intersection of Race and Gender
Lisa Doris Alexander 22
Dating the Pebble Hill Plantation Baseball Film
Margaret A. Compton 35
Art Pennington: More Than “Superman”
William H. Johnson 64
Come and Measure Arms with Us: The Kansas City, Kansas, Giants, 1907–1917
Todd Peterson 83
Merchant Maroons
Paul R. Spyhalski 99
Beat the Best: A Kansas City Monarch Remembers
Bonnie Serrell, as told to Barry Mednick 122
Sheelor the Stealer: A Ballplayer’s Story
Willie James Sheelor, as told to Sylvia Lawing 180
Book Reviews
Greatness in the Shadows: Larry Doby and the Integration of the American League, by Douglas Branson
Reviewed by Keith Wood 197
Ted Strong, Jr.: The Untold Story of an Original Harlem Globetrotter and Negro Leagues All-Star, by Sherman L. Jenkins
Reviewed by Adam J. Criblez 200
Daddy’s Scrapbook: Henry Kimbro of the Negro Baseball League, a Daughter’s Perspective, by Harriet Kimbro-Hamilton
Reviewed by Matthew Himel 202
Outsider Baseball: The Weird World of Hardball on the Fringe, 1876–1950, by Scott Simkus
Reviewed by Jonathan Mercantini 204
Review of Recent Scholarship 207
Further Reading for This Volume 211
Contributors 223
Index 225