on April 26, 1998
The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) awarded Phil Dixon's first major work its Casey Award for the Best Baseball Book of 1993. It is a well-deserved honor. This book is an essential text for baseball and social historians. Anyone who has studied this area understands the dearth of information and the lack of photographic documentation of this important institution. Dixon unearthed a treasure trove of previously unpublished Negro Leagues photos, which are reason enough to reccommend this book. But instead of falling back on well-worn research compiled in the 1970s to support these images, Dixon also casts light on subject areas overlooked by other researchers. His images from the late 19th and Early 20th centuries are particulalry striking.
on May 14, 2012
Using old photos, many of them uncommon (not the usual ones), Dixon and Hannigan show the history, the vitality, the importance of the Negro Leagues not only to baseball history, but to American history. The photos and captions alone are worth the price of the book, but there's more than photos and captions: there are nine chapters tracing the history of the Negro Leagues from inception to demise. In addition, there's a roster of 19th century black players in the minor and major leagues; a list of major and minor league titles won by black ballplayers between 1946 and 1955; a bibliography; and an index. Highly recommended.