Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal, Vol. 8

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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: 136
Bibliographic Info: 18 photos, notes, bibliography
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7906-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2138-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note 3
Articles
A Cold War State of Mind: Jackie Robinson and the Anticommunist Crusade  (Ron Briley) 5
The Bubbling Motor of Money: Calvin Jacox, the Norfolk Journal & Guide and the Integration of Tidewater Baseball  (Brian Carroll) 25
The Way It Still Was  (Andrew Paul Mele) 45
Only the Stars Come Out at Night: The Story of J.L. Wilkinson  (Larry Lester) 54
How Buck Became a Texas Black Spider: John “Buck” O’Neil’s 1936
Baseball Season  (Paul Spyhalski) 82
Black Aesthetic Style; or, Baseball Minstrelsy Reconsidered: Literary and Visual Representations, 1865–1889  (James E. Brunson, III) 96
Book Reviews
I Found Someone to Play With: A Biography: Larry LeGrande, the Last Member of the Satchel Paige All-Stars, by M.M. Angelo  (Reviewed by Joshua Butler) 117
The Negro Southern League: A Baseball History, 1920–1951, by William J. Plott  (Reviewed by Thomas Aiello) 118
A Calculus of Color: The Integration of Baseball’s American League, by Robert Kuhn McGregor  (Reviewed by Stephanie Liscio) 120
Last Train to Cooperstown: The 2006 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees from the Negro League Baseball Era, by Kevin L. Mitchell  (Reviewed by Trey Strecker) 123
Recent Research 125
Further Reading for This Issue 128
Contributors 129

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “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.