Integrating Cleveland Baseball
Media Activism, the Integration of the Indians and the Demise of the Negro League Buckeyes
About the Book
Focusing on the Negro American League Buckeyes, this detailed history describes the effects of major league integration on blackball in Cleveland, as well as the controversial role that the local black press played in the transformation. Included are historical photos, rosters for all Cleveland Negro League teams, and a list of the city’s players in the annual East-West All-Star game.
About the Author(s)
Stephanie M. Liscio is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her essays have appeared in several SABR convention publications. Read Liscio’s online baseball writings at (It’s pronounced “Lajaway”), the Cleveland Indians blog for the ESPN SweetSpot Network.
Stephanie M. Liscio
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 10 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
Table of Contents
1. Before the Buckeyes: Cleveland’s Ten Negro League Teams, 1922–1940 11
2. The Push for Integration and the Formation of the Buckeyes 42
3. Building a Champion: Assembling a Winning Team in 1943 and 1944 69
4. When the Underdog Ruled: The Buckeyes Win the 1945 World Series 89
5. The Buckeyes on the Brink of Integration 103
6. The Integration of the Indians 129
7. The End of an Era: The Buckeyes Collapse 153
8. Pioneer or Footnote? Eddie Klepp and the 1946 Buckeyes 176
Appendix 1: Rosters of All Cleveland Negro League Teams 191
Appendix 2: Cleveland Negro League Participants in the East-West All-Star Game 201
Chapter Notes 203
Book Reviews & Awards
“Liscio has filled a lacuna in the history of the Negro Leagues with her book…Well documented and researched…a straightforward, chronological approach to the rise and fall of the Cleveland Buckeyes”—Nine.