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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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Pioneers In Black And White

Pioneers In Black And White

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Only the Ball Was White

Robert Peterson

Oxford University Press

The chapter discusses how baseball started in the United States during the war as the game spread in army camps and military prisons. When the National Association of Base Ball Players was faced with the question of how it was to deal with colored players, it chose the side of repression and banned black players from joining. Being Negro was already a political issue during that time but the reason for this decision was discrimination. As a result, Negroes just played among themselves. However, this move was frowned upon by local publications. The chapter also tells about Moses Fleetwood Walker who became the first Negro major league baseball player. Others followed in his footsteps including Bud Fowler, George W. Stovey, and Frank Grant.

Keywords:   baseball, Negro, political issue, Moses Fleetwood Walker, Bud Fowler, George W. Stovey, Frank Grant, major league baseball

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