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Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball Hardcover – January 31, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (January 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 079225306X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792253068
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Histories of baseball's Negro Leagues abound, beginning with Robert Peterson's 1970 classic, Only the Ball Was White, but few offer the scope of this volume, which explores the entire spectrum of African American baseball. In July 2000, major-league baseball granted $250,000 to the Hall of Fame for a comprehensive history of African American involvement in the game from 1860 to 1960. The result, a cooperative work by teams of historians and baseball experts, was an 800-page manuscript entitled Out of the Shadows. This book is a distillation of that work. Hogan himself was a part of the research team and is an expert on the Negro Leagues. There are a number of player profiles and photos from the 1920s, '30s, and '40s as well as an examination of the entrepreneurial business climate that kept the leagues going even as it exploited the players. It's interesting to note that, of the hundreds of all-star games played in the off-season between teams of the top black players versus the best of the major leagues', the black teams won more than 60 percent of the time. Along with on-the-field reportage, Hogan also provides valuable historical context, placing the Negro Leagues in the socioeconomic fabric of the time. This is an important, informative, and entertaining contribution to sports history. Wes Lukowsky
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About the Author

Lawrence D. Hogan is a senior professor of history at Union County College in New Jersey. He is an expert on the history of black baseball and his touring exhibit on the subject has traveled nationwide.

Jules Tygiel, a history professor at San Francisco State University, is the author of Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy, and Past Time: Baseball as History, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was founded in 1939 and has become an American institution. Dedicated to chronicling and preserving baseball history and honoring the sport's foremost figures, it annually attracts more than 350,000 visitors to its home in Cooperstown, New York.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hawley on August 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There have been only a few books written about the history of black baseball, a glaring error which Shades of Glory helps to correct. Before I read this book, I had no idea of the number of various independent black baseball teams that existed in the late 19th century. Nor did I know of various players who stood out in Black baseball over the decades it existed. Yes of course I knew of Satchel Paige (who I got to see pitch when I was a young teenager), Cool Papa Bell, Buck O'Neill, Josh Gibson, but I learned about so many others through sidebars this book provides. It also provides a detailed history of the few blacks who played in organized baseball before the color line became so rigid. The history provided in this book is very good and details the independent teams that came and went in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the attempts to organize and maintain leagues, how Jackie Robinson's breaking the color barrier affected black baseball, and how his doing this effectively put an end to black baseball (which I'm sure was at the same time exciting and bittersweet to all Negro league ballplayers). I also enjoyed reading about the migration of blacks from the south to Northern cities like Chicago and how that helped further along black baseball in the Windy City.

The stats of various black baseball stars at the back of the book were pretty good, considering that league statistics, standings and even box scores of Negro league games were not always available and remain difficult to track decades later.

One small disappointment I had was there was no mention of black baseball on the West Coast. There were several West Coast black semi pro teams that barnstormed through the first part of the 20th century.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Signe Knutson on March 14, 2006
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Shades of Glory is a very good narrative history of Black Baseball. It includes pre-segregation players such as Moses Fleetwood Walker, the Heyday of the Negro leagues and the teams that continued to play after the color barrier was broken. The book is thorough and I think will help people understand baseball's place in Black society of the time. I found only one weakness - For the real sports statistician, the book is disappointing for its only brief section on players stats.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rodrigo Llamozas on November 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It's fantastic to finally find a thorough and well written history book on African American Baseball. After all these years there's still so little to read about all the games and all the players that were such an important part of Black history and of the great sport of baseball

Hogan does an amazing job at presenting detailed stories of most of the more important actors (players, owners, managers, journalists, and even fans). I especially appreciated the information on nineteenth century's teams and early twentieth century

The amount of information on some of the greatest ball players that were never given the opportunity to play in the big leagues is simply amazing

My only problem with the book is that although it is written in chronological order, there are some times were the stories jump from age to age -- for example, after describing how one of the leagues collapsed in the late 20s and started to tell about baseball in the early 30s, it suddenly jumps to another story in the early 20s

All in all, a great read and a must for all serious baseball fans -- and not just African American Baseball fans or Negro League buffs...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MGM on March 19, 2013
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I am very satisfied! This is a very important story about Negro Leagues baseball history. This is a story about America.
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