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Playing in Shadows: Texas and Negro League Baseball (Sport in the American West) Hardcover – February 15, 2010


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  • Series: Sport in the American West
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Texas Tech University Press; First Edition edition (February 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896727017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896727014
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,256,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rob Fink is the author of numerous articles and encyclopedia entries in African American history. A graduate of Baylor University and Texas Tech University, he lives in Abilene, Texas, where he is assistant professor of education at Hardin-Simmons University.Cary D. Wintz is professor of history at Texas Southern University and lives in Houston.

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By T. Jenkins on June 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I happened upon this book purely by accident and against my better judgement, decided to pay the full price for this title in hopes that it would prove to be a seminal work. To my dismay it was not. This is not to say this isn't an interesting read but the scant reviews available promise that this is a ground breaking project that "adds significantly to our understanding..." while "...providing the most comprehensive study to date of black baseball in Texas..." While the books does have its moments, they are few and far between. Without question Mr. Fink uncovers some hidden gems particularly when he highlights the names of key personages such as team owners, boosters and officials of the Texas Colored and Texas-Oklahoma-Louisiana Leagues (TOL). His information on these leagues is ground-breaking and very enlightening but his decision to treat this segment of the book in summary fashion was dis-heartening. The lack of depth of information leaves the reader frustrated and hungry for more. This segment of the book seems rushed and appears not to have held the interest of the author like the sections of the book where the author details the careers of such legendary Texans as Andrew "Rube" Foster, Smokey Joe Williams, Biz Mackey, Willie Wells and others.

Here is where you find the author engaged and lucent. The information presented is detailed and engaging yet Mr. Fink fails to really dig down and uncover those hidden nuggets that could have turned this into a really great book. As I have said one of the flaws in the book is the lack of detailed information in those areas that haven't been touched upon in prior titles. Mr. Fink falls into the trap that has snared numerous authors of books on black baseball.
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