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Only the Ball Was WhiteA History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams$
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Robert Peterson

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195076370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195076370.001.0001

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This Was Negro Baseball

This Was Negro Baseball

(p.2) (p.3) 1 This Was Negro Baseball
Only the Ball Was White

Robert Peterson

Oxford University Press

The chapter discusses how Negro baseball started and flourished from 1898 to 1946 as black men were barred from major league baseball. Thus, negroes developed a uniquely American spectacle called Negro baseball which was played all year round. Arthur W. Hardy of the Topeka Giants talked about how they took just any kind of transportation available and Bill Yancey recalled how even though they were barred from playing major league, by winning over major leaguers, they showed them that they belong there. Dave Malarcher recalled his early childhood and how he started in baseball. John Marshall talked about how Negro Baseball Leagues started out in the entertainment industry. Judy Johnson and Buck Leonard also recalled the early days of Negro Baseball and how it was at once heroic and tawdry, a gladsome thing and a blot in American conscience.

Keywords:   Negro Baseball, Arthur W. Hardy, Topeka Giants, Bill Yancey, Dave Malarcher, John Marshall, Judy Johnson, Buck Leonard

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