Black Ball 9

New Research in African American Baseball History


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About the Book

 Black Ball is an annual publication for new and authoritative research on all subjects related to black baseball, including the Negro major and minor leagues, pre–Negro League organization and play, and the integration of major league baseball. With articles from across the disciplines, employing a wide range of scholarly approaches, Black Ball promotes the serious study of African American sporting history and culture.
The current work, number 9, includes articles on the mythic structure of Satchel Paige’s career, the evolution of integration narratives, Monte Irvin’s career outside of the majors, J.B. Martin and 1940 Memphis politics, the achievements of Larry Doby and Jackie Robinson, and Buck O’Neil’s contributions to Kansas City and black baseball. Also included are book reviews and details on recently published research.

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: 184
Bibliographic Info: 23 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6387-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2334-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note vii
Barnstorming as Theatre: Satchel Seizes the Elixir (Ruby C. Berryman) 1
Problems in Traditional Integration Narratives: The Construction of Cap Anson’s Color Line Villainy (Zachary Moser) 17
Monte’s Missions: Mastering Mexico, Military Service, Defeating
Monarchs and Minor League Magic (Doron “Duke” Goldman) 40
The Harassment of Dr. J.B. Martin: A Story of Southern Paternalism in 1940 Memphis (Keith B. Wood) 66
The Integration of Baseball: Doby and Robinson (Douglas M. Branson) 97
Buck O’Neil: Kansas City’s Best Friend (Tyler W. Evans) 114
Book Reviews
They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black
Baseball in Minnesota, by Frank M. White Reviewed by Timothy Dodson 135
Boys of Summer, by Keith Aumont Reviewed by David J. Wysocki Quiros 138
The Golden Era of Major League Baseball: A Time of Transition and Integration, by Bryan Soderholm-Difatte Reviewed by Sarah L. Trembanis 141
African American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1887–1998, Readex
Reviewed by Seth S. Tannenbaum 143
Jerry Malloy Negro League Art Competition Winners 147
Review of Recent Scholarship 151
Further Reading for This Volume 155
Contributors 171
Index 173