Raceball : How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game (Paperback)

Author: Ruck, Rob

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From an award-winning writer, the first linked history of African Americans and Latinos in Major League Baseball
After peaking at 27 percent of all major leaguers in 1975, African Americans now make up less than one-tenth--a decline unimaginable in other men''s pro sports. The number of Latin Americans, by contrast, has exploded to over one-quarter of all major leaguers and roughly half of those playing in the minors. Award-winning historian Rob Ruck not only explains the catalyst for this sea change; he also breaks down the consequences that cut across society. Integration cost black and Caribbean societies control over their own sporting lives, changing the meaning of the sport, but not always for the better. While it channeled black and Latino athletes into major league baseball, integration did little for the communities they left behind.
By looking at this history from the vantage point of black America and the Caribbean, a more complex story comes into focus, one largely missing from traditional narratives of baseball''s history. "Raceball" unveils a fresh and stunning truth: baseball has never been stronger as a business, never weaker as a game.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780807048078
SKU 221908637
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0807048070
Release Date 2/21/2012
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6L x 0.75T
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0273
Publisher Beacon Press (MA)

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