Cooperstown’s Back Door

A History of Negro Leaguers in the Baseball Hall of Fame

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About the Book

For over 60 years, the color barrier excluded Black ballplayers from the major leagues, forcing them to form their own teams and leagues. After Jackie Robinson broke down that barrier, Black players faced another: the barrier to the Hall of Fame. At the time of the founding of the Hall of Fame, segregation was firmly entrenched in baseball, and it was defended by the same power brokers who kept the Hall successful with their support. The fight for the recognition that Black players had earned on the field lasted nearly as long as the color barrier itself. This book presents the full history of that fight: the exclusion of Black players for so many years, the many efforts to fix that, and the fights for Hall of Fame recognition of the Negro Leagues that are still ongoing.

About the Author(s)

Paul White is member of the Society for American Baseball Research and has written for SABR’s BioProject and Games Project. He lives in the suburbs of Kansas City.

Bibliographic Details

Paul D. White
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9354-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5421-8
Imprint: McFarland