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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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On The Field and Off

On The Field and Off

(p.116) 9 On The Field and Off
Only the Ball Was White

Robert Peterson

Oxford University Press

Negro baseball is here to stay and it was baseball for keeps as it was tough on the field as well as off. A game between a black club and a white semi pro is nowhere as brutal as a game between two black clubs. Daring baserunning was always a feature of Negro baseball. Pitchers have it difficult as well spitballs, emery balls, and shine balls were use even after then had been officially outlawed. This chapter also discusses the connection between economic conditions and Negro baseball. In this chapter, the events that transpired leading to the more common practice of night baseball are also discussed. Technology like portable lighting systems was used at first but later on permanent lighting fixtures were installed on baseball parks.

Keywords:   Negro baseball, baserunning, spitballs, emery balls, shine balls, economic conditions, night baseball

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