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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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Today, Hickory Switch Tomorrow

Today, Hickory Switch Tomorrow

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Only the Ball Was White

Robert Peterson

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This chapter discusses the connection between Negro baseball and barnstorming. Negro clubs tour the country to join leagues and sometimes they encounter food and lodging issues due to the cool reception of the towns they go to. However, not all Negro baseball leagues barnstorm—most of them follow a schedule. This chapter also discusses the extinction of clowning around in baseball cups. Barnstorming was particularly difficult for the players during the Depression. Their means of transportation ranges from the creaking battered buses to state-of-the-art vehicles of those days. However, Negro baseball cups are not the only ones who barnstorm; even white baseball clubs do. However, the difference is that the white baseball clubs have no trouble finding food and lodging accommodations. Nonetheless, barnstorming for Negro baseball was necessary for survival.

Keywords:   Negro baseball, Negro baseball leagues, barnstorming, barnstorm, food and lodging issues

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