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Negro Leagues baseball sources for Pride and Passion: Resources

Event schedule and details for the Fall 2012 Pride and Passion exhibit, plus materials in Rohrbach Library and beyond on the history of blacks in baseball.


A 6:23 segment of the excellent documentary The Untold Truth, narrated by Louis Gossett Jr.

On the Web

Negro Leagues Baseball at the Internet Public Library, an excellent index with links to many worthwhile sites

Negro League Baseball Dot Com includes players, teams, timelines, and wide-ranging links to books, videos and other merchandise of interest

Biographies at Negro League Baseball Players' Association offers dozens of short biographies of Negro Leaguers, arranged alphabtically, with photos

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum with resources for teachers including video clips of oral history interviews, photos, lesson plans, a bibliography, and links to related sites

Black Baseball features player profiles and photos, useful book lists, and merchandise

Baseball and Jackie Robinson from the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress

Negro League History at  from the site of Major League Baseball, includes profiles of dozens of Negro Leaguers

The New York Times online archive offers several dozen articles and obituaries, photos, and a tremendous slideshow of black baseball history

"The New and Improved Hall of Fame," by Bryan Curtis. Slate, July 27, 2001.  This article%

Books & videos at Rohrbach Library

Though there is no one phrase that will capture every item relevant to the Negro Leagues, this catalog search gets you off to a good start.  Below are links to several other library items with relevant chapters or sections:

"Get That Nigger Off the Field!": A Sparkling, Informal History of the Black Man in Baseball by Art Rust, Jr.

September Swoon: Richie Allen, the '64 Phillies, and Racial Integration, by William C. Kashatus

Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy, by Jules Tygiel

Bad Henry, by Stan Baldwin and Jerry Jenkins in collaboration with Hank Aaron

I Never Had It Made, by Jackie Robinson as told to Alfred Duckett

The African-American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cornel West

Anthropology, Sport, and Culture, edited by Robert R. Sands

Racism In College Athletics: The African American Athlete's Experience, edited by Dana Brooks and Ronald Althouse

The American Game: Baseball and Ethnicity, edited by Lawrence Baldassaro

Negro Leagues: All Black Baseball, by Laura Driscoll

Voices From the Great Black Baseball Leagues by John Holway

The Negro Leagues: the Story of Black Baseball by Jacob Margolies

A Noble Game: a History of the Negro Baseball Leagues by Will Pascoe

Black Diamond: the Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues by Pat McKissack

A Negro League Scrapbook by Carole Boston Weatherford

Catching Dreams: My Life in the Negro Baseball Leagues by Frazier "Slow" Robinson

The Negro Baseball Leagues, 1867-1955: a Photographic History by Phil Dixon w/ Patrick J. Hannigan

The Biograhical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues by James Riley

Leagues Apart: the Men and Times of the Negro baseball Leagues by Lawrence S. Ritter

Barnstorming To Heaven: Syd Pollock and His Great Black Teams by Alan J. Pollock

Shades of Glory: the Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball by Lawrence Hogan

The Story of Jackie Robinson, Bravest Man in Baseball by Margaret Davidson



Image: Hank Aaron, by Elise Dodeles.
  The 18-year-old Aaron is seen in the uniform of the Indianapolis Clowns

In Rohrbach Library's online collections (login required)

"Sepia Stars Only Lukewarm Toward Campaign to Break Down Baseball Barriers" - 1939 newsapaper article with background context from American Decades Primary Sources

"Mamie "Peanut" Johnson: The Last Female Voice of the Negro Leagues," Jean Hastings Ardell.  NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, Volume 10, Number 1, Fall 2001, pp. 181-192

"Maybe I'll Pitch Forever" - Words of Satchel Page, three years before he pitched his last Major League game at age 59.  Interview with background context from American Decades Primary Sources

Biographies, from the History Reference Center collection, of Satchel Paige, Larry Doby, and Jackie Robinson

"Baseball and Race: The Limits of Competition," by Neil J. Sullivan. The Journal of Negro History, Vol. 83, No. 3 (Summer, 1998)

"The Integration of Negroes in Baseball," by Dan W. Dodson.  Journal of Educational Sociology, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Oct., 1954), pp. 73-82 - Written while baseball's color line was dissolving, the article analyzes the strategies of Branch Rickey, the Dodgers GM who signed Jackie Robinson, and suggests how others working for desegregation in other fields could learn from his example

"From Fraternity to Fracture: Black Press Coverage of and Involvement in Negro League Baseball in the 1920s," by Brian Carroll. American Journalism, Spring 2006, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p69-95

"Breaking Baseball Barriers: The 1953 -1954 Negro League and Expansion of Women's Public Roles," by Tracy Everbacli. American Journalism, Winter 2005, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p13-33

"Earl Mann, Nat Peeples, and the Failed Attempt of Integration in the Southern Association," by Kenneth R. Fenster.  NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, Volume 12, Number 2, Spring 2004, pp. 73-101

Video: Interview with Bert Simmons, Negro League player honored by the Baltimore Orioles

Video: Art "Superman" Pennington, Negro League star who lost his museum of memorabilia in 2008 Cedar Rapids flood

"'What's Wrong With Baseball': The Pittsburgh Courier and the Beginning of its Campaign to Integrate the National Pastime," by Chris Lamb.  Western Journal of Black Studies; Winter 2002, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p189, 15p

"Black Heroes in Sport: From Jack Johnson to Muhammad Ali," by Joseph Dorinson.  Journal of Popular Culture; Winter 1997, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p115-135, 21p

"The Enemies at the Gate: An Economic Debate about the Denouement of Negro League Baseball," by Patricia Vignola.  NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, Volume 13, Number 2, Spring 2005, pp. 71-81

"Home run for Negro league," by Cliff Hocker. Black Enterprise. New York: May 1997. Vol. 27, Iss. 10; pg. 16, 2 pgs

"The Black Press and the Integration of Professional Baseball: A Content Analysis of Shifts in Coverage, 1945–1948," by Brian Carroll.  Journal of Sports Media, Volume 3, Number 2, Fall 2008, pp. 61-87

"When All Heaven Rejoiced: Branch Rickey and the Origins of the Breaking of the Color Line," by Lee Lowenfish.  NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, Volume 11, Number 1, Fall 2002, pp. 1-15

"The Legacy of the Negro Leagues," by David King.  Information Today; Sep 2006, Vol. 23 Issue 8, p41-43.  Descriptions of good websites for Negro League study



Black baseball in Kutztown, 1920

Headline of 1920 article: "THE AFRICANS CAME AND LOST THE GAME"
See the whole article (PDF)

From our online archive of The Kutztown Patriot

Book-length studies (login required)

Our spectacular Dissertations and Theses database gives access to in-depth studies by scholars in a wide range of fields. Hit here, then log in if you are a KU person off campus, and do a quick search on negro league for a wealth of papers related to Negro League topics that are readable in full online.