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Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of A Black Institution

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A 2008 non-fiction book by Neil Lanctot.

Winner of the 2005 Seymour Medal of the Society for American Baseball Research "Prodigiously researched and thoroughly unsentimental, Neil Lanctot's history of organized black baseball from 1933 through the early 1960s provides an enormously important … see full wiki

Author: Neil Lanctot
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Date Published: April 25, 2008
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Behind the scenes look at the history of the Negro Leagues

  • Nov 30, 2008
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While most knowledgeable baseball fans have a passing acquaintance with Negro League Baseball, precious little ink has been devoted to the institution itself.  Author Neil Lanctot has corrected this oversight with a downright fascinating and meticulously researched book.  "Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of A Black Institution" chronicles the history of the sport from its earliest origins until its ultimate demise in the early 1960's. From the outset there were a multitude of obstacles that the operators of most of these teams were simply never able to overcome.  Poor administration, lack of suitable venues, constantly shifting franchises and raids from competing leagues were just some of the problems the Negro Leagues were up against.  And when the leagues finally became profitable in the early to mid 1940's the spectre of integration in organized baseball and the shortsightedness of the league owners would ultimately seal the fate of this venerable black institution.
This is an absolutely fascinating story that you are sure to become engrossed in.  The writing is first rate and as I mentioned earlier the book is extremely well researched.  Sports fans and history buffs alike are certain to enjoy "Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of A Black Institution".    Highly recommended!
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