Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution

Negro League Baseball The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution A detailed history of professional black baseball traces the history of the Negro Leagues drawing on interviews with former players and research into surviving financial legal and government recor

  • Title: Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution
  • Author: Neil Lanctot
  • ISBN: 9780812238075
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A detailed history of professional black baseball traces the history of the Negro Leagues, drawing on interviews with former players, and research into surviving financial, legal, and government records to reconstruct the league s institutional history and to explore the impact of the gradual moveme

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    1. Given their limitations, both financially and socially, and given the backgrounds and temperaments of their owners and officials, it is amazing that the two leagues under discussion (Negro National League, centered on the Atlantic coast, and the Negro American League, in the Midwest) managed to survive, and be relevant, for as long as they did. Plagued by limited access to capital, extortionate stadium rentals, the pig-headed reluctance of the ownership to establish a non-franchise affiliated, c [...]

    2. It's clear that Neil Lanctot's goal in writing this book isn't blinders-on the glorification of Negro League Baseball. But he also doesn't tell nearly as much about the game itself and its players as the vast majority of readers probably would want. A writer can take any approach he wants, but as a reader I can wish for other things. And so I do.This book is interesting, informative, worthwhile. But readers should note that the author's approach stresses the organization (or lack thereof), struc [...]

    3. While I found it exciting because I'm a history nerd and love African-American agency, this is the type of sports book that is worth reading and more editors should require their writers to place sports into their historical context. Without the historical context, we are left with legends, nostalgia, facts, and excitement. All too often sports book are just recitations of box scores, events, places, and maybe some reactions/analysis of the impact/meaning on/to the game. History without agency a [...]

    4. via NYPL - wonderful and insightful book, detailing the organization of the Negro Leagues and the social and economic world in which they existed. Not much about the games or players, if that's what you're looking for, but if you want to know why integration happened, the cost to the Negro Leagues and the many ways in which the Negro Leagues succeeded and failed in the decades before Jackie Robinson, this book is going to be hard to beat.

    5. Interesting book, with good analysis of the Negro Leagues in context. I enjoyed it more than Campy, in which I felt Lanctot tried too hard to adopt a more popular tone and style. This seemed more authentic, somehow. If you are interested in the minutiae of the Negro Leagues in the 30s, 40s, and early 50s, with analysis of its successes and failures in the run up to integration, this is for you.

    6. An amazing look at all aspects of the Negro Leagues - finances, battles for players, the move to the Majors, and stories that will entertain all fans of the game.

    7. This is an amazing work of baseball history -- far and away the most detailed book ever written about the business end of the Negro Leagues. But it's far from an easy read.

    8. detailed comprehensive look at organized Negro League baseball from the Depression to Jackie Robinson. a great work!

    9. This is a fabulously well-researched history of the Negro Leagues, the "separate but not quite equal" baseball leagues in which black players played before white professional baseball deigned to let them play with white players. While they quickly died out after that, as late as 1984 at least one barnstorming team was still active. Be aware, however, that this is NOT the book to read if you want statistics, breathless reminiscences, or fawning portraits of Satchel Paige or Josh Gibson. While the [...]

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