The Early Image of Black Baseball
Race and Representation in the Popular Press, 1871–1890
About the Book
This volume examines early black baseball as it was represented in the artwork and written accounts of the popular press. From contemporary postbellum articles, illustrations, photographs and woodcuts, a unique image of the black athlete emerges, one that was not always positive but was nonetheless central in understanding the evolving black image in American culture. Chapters cover press depictions of championship games, specific teams and athletes, and the fans and culture surrounding black baseball.
About the Author(s)
James E. Brunson III is an art historian who specializes in American Modernism. His work has been published in NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, and Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game. A practicing artist who specializes in watercolor painting, he currently teaches visual culture at Northern Illinois University.
James E. Brunson III
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 61 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
Table of Contents
1. Dust from Many Diamonds: Trauma, Memory, and the Colored Championship 13
2. “Fifteenth-Amendment Club-Slingers”: Colored Base Ball and the St. Louis Sporting Fraternity, 1875–1877 46
3. Dudes, Macks, Land Ladies, Waiters, Tonsorialists, and Aesthetes: The Colored Sporting Fraternity 68
4. Men of Mark and Marked Men: Black Baseball Representation 105
5. “A Mirthful Spectacle”: Representing Negro Comedy or Black Aesthetic Style 128
6. Genuine Colored Artists: Black Legs, Black Stockings, and Colored Baseball, 1877–1888 157
Coda: A Glance Over the Diamond Fields of the Continent 181
Chapter Notes 199
Book Reviews & Awards
- “Impressive”—Library Journal.