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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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The Negro Leagues

The Negro Leagues

(p.80) 7 The Negro Leagues
Only the Ball Was White

Robert Peterson

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Negro leagues come and go, and three reasons seem to supply the answer: that the leagues are underfinanced, that they lack leadership in the beginning, and that they never achieved the stability or discipline of white organized baseball due to the two reasons given. The chapter also tells us about Andrew Foster and his proposal of a national association patterned after the big leagues which later became the National Association of Colored Professional Baseball Clubs and the Negro National League, both of which became widely accepted among the baseball clubs. The Eastern Colored League was also opened but there was enmity between the two leagues. The chapter also discusses the effects of Foster's resignation from the League resulting in its subsequent death. A new Negro National League and the Negro American League were later formed and became successful.

Keywords:   Negro leagues, Andrew Foster, baseball, Eastern Colored League, Negro National League, Negro American League

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