From Library Journal
Ruck (History, Chatham Coll.) has written a fascinating account of sport in the Iron City's black community. Focusing on 20th-century sandlot baseball, he argues that teams like the Pittsburgh Crawfords "fulfilled vital social and community functions and served as a political arena . . . in which black struggles for recognition and equality were symbolically waged . . . " Making excellent use of oral history interviews, Ruck goes beyond mere sports trivia. He paints a vivid portrait of an urban black society and its love affair with a sporting life it produced and controlled. Highly recommended for educated laypeople and students of American social history. Anthony O. Edmonds, History Dept., Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.
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