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Integrating Cleveland Baseball: Media Activism, the Integration of the Indians and the Demise of the Negro League Buckeyes Paperback – July 30, 2010

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About the Author

Stephanie M. Liscio is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her essays have appeared in several SABR convention publications.
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  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (July 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786436905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786436903
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,636,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was pleasantly surprised to find this book of significant baseball history not just local baseball history. This book addresses a unique situation in baseball history where a Major League team (Cleveland Indians) was one of the first teams to integrate while in the same city a Negro American League team (Cleveland Buckeyes) existed and how each of these teams were affected by integration.

The author starts out with a history of Negro League teams in Cleveland (ten of them, all dismal failures until the Buckeyes came along) and how the Buckeyes became the world champion Negro League team in 1945 and won the Negro American League pennant in 1947. She then goes into the main thread of this book, i.e. how the 'Call and Post,' a weekly African-American Cleveland newspaper, wrote about these two teams and about their quest for integration of Major League baseball.

Very interesting comparisons are made of Larry Doby and Satchel Paige, the first two African-Americans on the Indians team, and how they affected the integration of Major League baseball in very different ways.

The book then tells about the demise of the Buckeyes along with the rest of the Negro Leagues due to paradoxically what just about every African-American wanted, the integration of the Major Leagues.

Finally, she writes about the integration of the Buckeyes team. In 1946, Eddie Klepp, a white pitcher joined the Buckeyes as an experiment in integrating Negro League baseball.

I highly recommend this book both for the serious and not-so-serious baseball historian. It is well written without any bias to either side of the integration issue by the author. Only the historical facts and what was written in the African-American press at the time come through.
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Stephanie Liscio has diligently researched and sifted through years of history on the subject of Black baseball in Cleveland. She offers an insightful look at the history of the Cleveland Buckeyes (of the Negro American League) and Bill Veeck's work to integrate the Cleveland Indians with Hall of Famers, Larry Doby and Satchel Paige.
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