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Sol White's History of Colored Baseball with Other Documents on the Early Black Game, 1886–1936 Hardcover – March 1, 1995
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First published in 1907, Sol White's "History of Colored Base Ball," is an essential early document of the black presence in America's pastime. White began his career in 1887 as a second baseman and left-fielder with the Pittsburgh Keystones and played for or managed a host of black teams in a career that lasted nearly 40 years. This edition includes the original text and illustrations of White's book, a supplementary chapter, and more than a dozen other documents, including contemporary newspaper interviews with White, and a roster of 19-century black ballplayers.
From Publishers Weekly
In 1907 White, a successful ballplayer from 1887 to 1909 and manager from 1902 to 1912, wrote a book on the history of black baseball since 1885. Only four copies of that volume are now believed to exist, and it is reproduced here with the original photos and ads, and supplemented by an addendum that White wrote on the 1907 season, reminiscences he contributed to newspapers in 1930 and additional documents, mostly newspaper articles and columns, from other writers. The saddest note in White's work is the sense of loss when the national pastime, which had been integrated in the 1870s and early 1880s, substituted Jim Crow for the 14th Amendment. There are also high spots like the equipping of the Page Fence Giants of Adrian, Mich., with their own private railroad coach so they could avoid segregated hotel accommodations. Albeit only a footnote to history, White's compendium as compiled by Malloy, a specialist on the Negro leagues, provides valuable firsthand testimony of black baseball's universe. Photos.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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And what a book it is.
Originally published in 1907, Sol White is not just writing from a historian's perspective of the pre-NLB era, he was a major contributor as a player, manager and team owner on some of the best clubs from that era.
With an emphasis on box scores and photographs, the great teams, players and memorable games are chronicled in this 1996 reprint of the original book - with only minor editorial corrections - a supplement & additional articles by White and other writers. The original small run of copies was poorly printed and an end note explains the reproduction process for clarity.
A lenghty introduction by Jerry Malloy not only encapsulates the key areas in White's book, but provides a better understanding of a time when Jim Crow stepped into the batter's box of the professional game.
White was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. What he gave to future generations of fans & historians through the book is a grand slam.
Together, they present compelling history, insightful stories and delightful anecdotes.
Any lover of baseball will love this book.
The book, originally published in 1907, was apparently the first major attempt at a history of black baseball, written by a man who was heavily immersed in it for many years straddling the turn of the last century. As a player, he appears to have been at least excellent and possibly great -- an infielder who played all four positions and hit in the .300's with fair power. White's commentary about himself as a player is very routine and modest; most of what we gather of his playing is from the lengthy introduction written by Jerry Malloy for the 1995 re-printing.
The original book is preserved and included in this edition. Much of that original edition was "non-text" -- photos, box-scores, and delightful print-ads. The text portion is full of fascinating detail belying its brevity -- and VERY well written. Much of it is a series of dry year-by-year accounts of what happened in black baseball, really exactly like what we see in the "mainstream" annuals of the period like the Spalding guides. But there are also some sections that are quite activist, getting into the segregation issue and the plight of the black player. Additionally there are interesting sections on hitting, pitching, and managing, some of the them written by other authors. This edition also includes copies of newspaper and magazine articles on black baseball from later as well as earlier years, including an article written by White in 1930 for the Amsterdam News.
There are many wonderful old photographs of teams and individual players, of a type rarely seen elsewhere. From the photos we see that the author seems to have had a strong resemblance to the recent player Chris Chambliss, which I mention just to help give a visual image of him.
Perhaps the Hall of Fame's selection committee gave Sol White some extra credit for his writing. If so, it was well deserved. Thank you, Cooperstown, for helping to bring this book back into view.