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“[T]oday baseball reflects the American population as well as or better than any other sport or enterprise. In fact, with each year, more and more of our players come from foreign countries, particularly the great talent that has come from the Caribbean and Latin America. At the start of the 2000 major-league baseball season, 198 players, nearly 24 percent of all players on major league rosters, were born outside the fifty states. They represented sixteen different foreign countries and Puerto Rico.”—Bud Selig, Commissioner of Baseball, from the Foreword

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These nine essays selected by Lawrence Baldassaro and Richard A. Johnson present for the first time in a single volume an ethnic and racial profile of American baseball. These essayists show how the gradual involvement by various ethnic and racial groups reflects the changing nature of baseball-and of American society as a whole-over the course of the twentieth century. Although the sport could not truly be called representative of America until after Jackie Robinson broke the color line in 1947, fascination with the ethnic backgrounds of the players began more than a century ago when athletes of German and Irish descent entered the major leagues in large numbers. In the 1920s, commentators noted the influx of ballplayers of Italian and Slavic origins and wondered why there were not more Jewish players in the big leagues. The era following World War II, however, saw the most dramatic ethnographic shift with the belated entry of African American ballplayers. The pattern of ethnic succession continues as players of Hispanic and Asian origin infuse fresh excitement and renewal into the major leagues. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Series: Writing Baseball (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (May 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809324466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809324460
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By Michael L. Slavin on April 30, 2007
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From the Anglo-Americans,to the Germans and Irish, Italians, Jews, Slavs,

Blacks, Latins and Asians. This book traces the earliest players from each group as well as the stars. Most fans are probably aware of most of the modern players mentioned. But it's definitely helpful having all the groups covered historically in one volume.
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By A Customer on May 29, 2002
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Yet another great baseball effort partnered by Johnson. If you are truly a fan you will be familiar with Johnson and Glenn Stout from their masterful work on Red Sox Century. This is another well done, well researched work and I highly recommend it. For the rest of you New Yorkers out there, watch for Yankees Century to be out this summer in time for vacation reading. <Even if the Red Sox are still in first place!>
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