Pete Hill

Black Baseball’s First Superstar

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About the Book

Among early 20th century baseball players, John Preston “Pete” Hill (1882–1951) was considered the equal of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker—only skin color kept him out of the majors. A capable manager, Hill captained the Negro League’s Chicago-based American Giants, led two expansion teams and retired from the sport as manager of the Baltimore Black Sox. Drawing on contemporary newspaper accounts, this first ever biography of Hill recounts the career of a neglected Hall of Famer in the context of the turbulent issues that surrounded him—segregation, women’s suffrage, Prohibition and the Spanish flu.

About the Author(s)

Bob Luke is also the author of six books about baseball and race in America. He lives in Garrett Park, Maryland.

Bibliographic Details

Bob Luke
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 25 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8877-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4781-4
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

• “A forgotten ball player comes to life in Bob Luke’s book.”—Ron Hill, great-nephew of Pete Hill

• “Author Bob Luke makes another valuable contribution to African American baseball history. Anyone interested in knowing more about Pete Hill, pre-Negro League competition and the Negro Leagues fan of the early 1920s, should have this book on their shelf.”—Barry Sparks, author of Frank “Home Run” Baker: World Series Hero and Hall of Famer