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Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams

Robert Peterson


Early in the 1920s, the New York Giants sent a scout to watch a young Cuban play for Foster's American Giants, a baseball club in the Negro Leagues. The scout liked what he saw, but was disappointed in the player's appearance. “He was a light brown,” recalled one of Torrienti's teammates, “and would have gone up to the major leagues, but he had real rough hair.” Such was life behind the color line, the unofficial boundary that prevented hundreds of star-quality athletes from playing big-league baseball. This book tells the forgotten story of excluded baseball players, and gives them the recogn ... More

Keywords: Negro Leagues, color line, unofficial boundary, excluded baseball players, black baseball, Jim Crow

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780195076370
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195076370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Peterson, author