Black Ball, Vol. 7

A Negro Leagues Journal


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About the Book

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

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 (7 x 9)
Pages: 172
Bibliographic Info: indexes
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9530-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1747-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note 3

Black Baseball at Yankee Stadium: The House That Ruth Built and Satchel Furnished (with Fans) (Jim Overmyer) 5
Decline and Fall: The Negro Leagues After Integration (Robert Kuhn McGregor) 33
The Negro Leagues and Regional Historiography (Shawn Morris) 44
The Black Matty: William Clarence Matthews, “Harvard’s Famous Colored Shortstop,” and the Color Line (Karl Lindholm) 54
Early African American Baseball in Chicago (Patrick Mallory) 79
A Field of Their Own: The Baltimore Black Sox and Maryland Park (Bernard McKenna) 99
The Dodgers’ First Choice Wasn’t Jackie Robinson (Jim Kreuz) 114

Book Reviews
The Forgotten History of African American Baseball, by Lawrence D. Hogan (Reviewed by Michael Ginnetti) 127
Before Jackie: The Negro Leagues, Civil Rights and the American Dream, by Mary E. Corey and Mark Harnischfeger (Reviewed by Shawn Selby) 129
Bud Fowler: Baseball’s First Black Professional, by Jeffrey Michael Laing (Reviewed by David C. Ogden) 131
Rube Foster in His Time: On the Field and in the Papers with Black Baseball’s Greatest Visionary, by Larry Lester (Reviewed by Todd Peterson) 132
If You Were Only White: The Life of Leroy “Satchel” Paige, by Donald Spivey (Reviewed by James E. Brunson III) 134
Queen of the Negro Leagues: Effa Manley and the Newark Eagles, by James Overmyer (Reviewed by Mark Kress) 137
Thou Shalt Not Steal, by Bill “Ready” Cash and Al Hunter Jr. (Reviewed by A.J. Taylor) 139

For Further Research 142
The Fifth Annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Art Competition 144
Further Reading for This Issue 153
Contributors 172

Book Reviews & Awards

  • Winner, McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award—James Overmyer, “Black Baseball at Yankee Stadium”
  • “Some great articles…outstanding scholarship”—The Courier
  • “Fascinating…the articles here are research quality, documented with end notes and sometimes additional reading lists. The book reviews are signed, and the editorial board is impressive…should appeal to a large audience”—Serials Solutions.