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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Love Baseball..., August 7, 2001
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...I question that love if you do not have this book. This is the most concise collection of biographies, stats, and information about every human involved with the development, management, and participation in every Negro League that ever existed. Even players whose first name was not known is listed with at least a few words about when they played and for whom. And the players with extensive history is detailed along with stats and other great side stories about them. There is even information on the teams in the Negro Leagues, which I found most interesting. I don't know of any other book that has as much information on the lesser-known players and behind-the-scenes people in the Negro Leagues than this one. If you are a Negro League fan, you probably already have this book. But if you are a baseball fan in general, you MUST have this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most complete stadistical book of the Negro Legues!!!!, November 25, 2010
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This review is from: The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues (Paperback)
This book is amanzing!!! have the most complete resourse about the stadistical of the Negro Legue(Players an teams). This is not a historical book like (Only the Ball Was White, We are the Ship, etc), The focus of this work is the historical stadistic of the complete negro legue. I enjoyed read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Addition To The Bibliography Of The Negro Leagues, January 8, 2007
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Exactly What It's title advertises - an alphabetical listings of players and personalities associated with the Negro Leagues of Baseball. Ranks with "Only the Ball Was White" and The works of John B.Holway as essntial to a study of the subject. Definitely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Celebrate The Legacy, December 18, 2006
This review is from: The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues (Paperback)
Editor James A. Riley is a renowned expert on the rich history of Negro League Baseball. His crowning achievement is honoring more than 4,000 players and those involved in management between the years of 1872-1950 in this comprehensive biographical encyclopedia.

Included are biographies and statistics on each individual and team, a bibliography that lists the materials used in the research, along with a register of the interviews that Riley conducted.

The Negro Leagues had a major economic and social impact in the black community, featured some of the greatest players & teams that the sport has ever had and was an integrated business on the diamond, inside the front offices and in the stands.

I have always compared the play in the Negro Leagues v. the white MLB to that of the AFL v. NFL and ABA v. NBA; that it was on par or superior to the other major league. The encyclopedia is a celebration of the legacy left by those who not only challenged the institutionalized racial hatred of the times, but triumphed in ways that we can learn from and must never forget.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Synopsis Of African American History, September 19, 2013
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Well written synopses on the lives of the GREATEST PLAYERS who ever played, coached, umpired, & commissioned the game of Baseball!!!! Rather you like Baseball or not it is HISTORY, a must read!!!! These men were phenomenal!!!!! They owned their own teams!!!!! Baseball has never been the same since the dismantling of the Negro Leagues. ;-(
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extensive coverage of Negro Leagues players, January 13, 2013
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James Riley has compiled an extensive biographical encyclopedia which includes nearly every player, executive, and umpire who ever participated in Negro Leagues baseball. It is a must for any Negro Leagues library! I refer to it daily and always find it to be extremely helpful, from brief snippets to more extensive biographies, it is excellent!
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The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues by James A. Riley (Paperback - March 12, 2002)
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