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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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"Liscio has filled a lacuna in the history of the Negro Leagues with her book...Well documented and researched...a straightforward, chronological approach to the rise and fall of the Cleveland Buckeyes"--Nine.
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Focusing on the Negro American League Buckeyes, this detailed history describes the effects of major league integration on blackball in Cleveland, as well as the controversial role that the local black press played in the transformation. Included are historical photos, rosters for all Cleveland Negro League teams, and a list of the city's players in the annual East-West All-Star game.
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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.