The Negro Leagues, 1869–1960
About the Book
At his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, former Negro League player Buck Leonard said, “Now, we in the Negro Leagues felt like we were contributing something to baseball, too, when we were playing…. We loved the game…. But we thought that we should have and could have made the major leagues.” The Negro Leagues had some of the best talent in baseball but from their earliest days the players were segregated from those leagues that received all the recognition.
This history of the Negro Leagues begins with the second half of the 19th century and the early attempts by African American players to be allowed to play with white teammates, and progresses through the “Gentleman’s Agreement” in the 1890s which kept baseball segregated.
The establishment of the first successful Negro League in 1920 is covered and various aspects of the game for the players discussed (lodgings, travel accommodations, families, difficulties because of race, off-season jobs, play and life in Latin America). In 1960, the Birmingham Black Barons went out of business and took the Negro Leagues with them.
There are many stories of individual players, owners, umpires, and others involved with the Negro Leagues in the U.S. and Latin America, along with photos, appendices, notes, bibliography and index.
About the Author(s)
Leslie A. Heaphy
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 24 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013 
Table of Contents
1 Background and Origins 9
2 Laying the Foundation 23
3 The First Negro National League 36
4 The Negro Leagues Move East 56
5 Not the Stats, but Life as a Ball Player Off the Field 69
6 Negro League Owners and Management 86
7 A New Negro National League 101
8 Publicity and Promotion 123
9 Barnstorming 135
10 The Local Scene 154
11 South of the Border 167
12 Moving toward Integration 180
13 Opening the Doors 198
14 Demise of the Negro Leagues 211
15 Conclusion 225
Appendix A: African American Teams (Competing Before 1920) 231
Appendix B: African American Players (Whose Careers Began Before 1920) 233
Appendix C: Negro League Teams and Opponents 236
Appendix D: Negro League Standings (1920–1955) 239
Appendix E: Latin American Players in the Negro Leagues 242
Appendix F: Negro League Players in Latin America 244
Bibliographic Essay 275
Book Reviews & Awards
Choice Outstanding Academic Title. Finalist, Seymour Medal—Society for American Baseball Research.
“excellent overview…extensive notes…thorough index…essential piece to your baseball history collection”—Against the Grain; “this book [is] a milestone in Negro league historiography”—Choice; “a true history…Mrs. Heaphy has done a fine job of researching an obscure corner of baseball history…a scholarly effort that never loses its narrative quality”—The Diamond Angle; “excellent…a fine job”—Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society; “very thorough presentation”—The Newport Plain Talk.