Negro League Baseball
- The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution
- Narrated by: Todd Barsness
- Length: 19 hrs and 17 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-01-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution presents the extraordinary history of a great African American achievement, from its lowest ebb during the Depression, through its golden age and World War II, until its gradual disappearance during the early years of the civil rights era. Faced with only a limited amount of correspondence and documents, Lanctot consulted virtually every sports page of every black newspaper located in a league city. He then conducted interviews with former players and scrutinized existing financial, court, and federal records.
Through his efforts, Lanctot has painstakingly reconstructed the institutional history of black professional baseball, locating the players, teams, owners, and fans in the wider context of the league's administration. In addition, he provides valuable insight into the changing attitudes of African Americans toward the need for separate institutions.
Winner of the 2005 Seymour Medal of the Society for American Baseball Research
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By JohnFern0813 on 08-06-16
The research is the message
Negro league baseball is a compilation of exhaustive research completed by the author. It is about the business of Negro league baseball and less about its players. It serves an important purpose as documentation of the business of the Negro league. However it is a long and not so entertaining listen. I would suggest it only for those Who are interested in learning about the business of the Negro league and not its entertainment value.
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