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Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution Hardcover – April 20, 2004


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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (April 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812238079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812238075
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,302,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Prodigiously researched and thoroughly unsentimental, Neil Lanctot's history of organized black baseball from 1933 through the early 1960s provides an enormously important historical corrective to feel-good versions of baseball integration."--New York Times



"Lanctot takes us beyond the ball field where the Paiges and Gibsons played in forced segregation, and into the commercial and social realities of baseball in black communities. . . . Lanctot offers a rich array of facts that history lovers can feast on."--Washington Post



"A fact-filled and thought-provoking book that should be of interest and use to scholars and lay readers interested in sports history, business history, and African American history."--Enterprise and Society



"A meticulously researched history that explores the economics, strengths, shortcomings, and legacy of the Negro Leagues."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



"Without nostalgia, Lanctot offers a careful and balanced judgment on the Negro leagues, one that is likely to stand for some time."--New York Times



"Neil Lanctot has accomplished something I long thought impossible. He has produced an overview of the institution of black baseball as a business. . . . I doubt that there is a better researched and more exhaustive history of the Negro Leagues out there."--Rob Ruck, author of Sandlot Seasons: Sport in Black Pittsburgh



"This is a superb historical analysis of the Negro Leagues. . . . Lanctot provides, in my opinion, the most detailed and sophisticated examination of black baseball ever written."--David K. Wiggins, author of Glory Bound: Black Athletes in White America

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Neil Lanctot teaches history at the University of Delaware. He is the author of Fair Dealing and Clean Playing: The Hilldale Club and The Development of Black Professional Baseball, 1910-1932.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The author weaves together an amazing amout of historical research to tell an interesting story. All the important figures are here, Satchell Paige, Josh Gibson, etc., but he also introduces lesser known though equally interesting personalities, especially the owners. Never before has anyone told the whole story of the Negro Leagues like this, explaining why Negro League baseball was important as an institution to African American communities across the country.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 12, 2004
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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" 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 this one. Highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on August 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Neil Lanctot pens an outstanding history of Negro League Baseball and its historical significance in this brilliant one volume work.

There has been several important works on the Negro Leagues over the years, but none have been as inclusive on exploring the era as Lanctot. If the reader is looking for a book to quickly skim over, this is not the one to purchase. But you will be missing a vital book on a professional baseball league that has never received its true recognition.

It has angered me for many years that the Negro Leagues has become nothing more than a footnote in baseball history, seemingly "celebrated" a couple times a season with current pro baseball teams wearing "throwback" jerseys during games.

Lanctot's book should be a required reading for baseball's commissioner and other officials & then the steps should be taken to include the NLB statistics in "official" records, with additional classes of hall of fame inductees to follow the NLB Class of 2006.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Harrah on September 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The author is to be commended for the exellent research on a subject with few primary sources. The downside of this book is that it reads like an acedemic research paper rather than telling the story of a long gone istitution. Not an easy read but very detailed. Anyone truly interested in the old Negro Leagues would find this a very informative book. However if you are interested but would prefer something lighter then I would reccomend Mark Ribowsky's book "A Complete History of the Negro Leagues"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Fisher on September 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a very in depth book on the history of the negro leagues, but I feel more on the business side than the games. As I read this book I continually reflected on the business strategy and mismanagement of the league, the racism the players and owners faced, and the changing dynamics of a nation. A good book, but if you are looking to learn about the players and what they accomplished then this is not the book for you. If you want a book about sports management and history of race in the US from 1933 to 1960 then this is a great book.
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