Raceball by Rob Ruck
How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game

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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.

 

About Rob Ruck

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Rob Ruck teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. Author of Sandlot Seasons: Sport in Black Pittsburgh and The Tropic of Baseball: Baseball in the Dominican Republic, he made the Emmy Award-winning documentary Kings on the Hill: Baseball's Forgotten Men. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Maggie Patterson, his coauthor for Rooney: A Sporting Life.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published March 1, 2011 by Beacon Press. 288 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Sports & Outdoors, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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An exploration of the changing nature of race in baseball, and the political, social and cultural events driving that change.

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Ruck (The Tropic of Baseball) states the cold, hard facts of the Major Leagues' racist history, its vast economic benefits from the demolition of the once-proud Negro Leagues, and the current Latin pl

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He traces the decline of black participation in baseball to the way in which Major League Baseball handled integration—by uprooting or replacing institutions linked to the Negro Leagues.

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Will the baseball networks that produced such geniuses as Pedro Martinez and Albert Pujols manage to survive?

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