Tuesday, March 22

Black Ball - Jules Tygiel and John Thorn (Essay)

Roy Campanella - Baltimore Elite Giants
"Jules Tygiel, already famous for having written Baseball’s Great Experiment (Oxford University Press, 1983), wrote this sweeping history of the African American experience in baseball in 1988, for the late lamented Total Baseball, in which it was published with minor updates in each of seven succeeding editions. In that same year Jules and I collaborated on 'Jackie Robinson’s Signing: The Real Story,' which has been reprinted at Our Game. Other scholars have made notable contributions in this field, both narrower and deeper, but for one who would grasp the great story of black ball in broad strokes, this is, in my humble estimation, the best essay ever written. ...”
Our Game - Black Ball, 1, Black Ball, 2, Black Ball, 3, Black Ball, 4, Black Ball, 5