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Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball

Rebecca T. Alpert

Abstract

This book explores the many-faceted relationship between Jews and black baseball in Jim Crow America. Jewish sports entrepreneurs, political radicals, and a team of black Jews called the Belleville Grays—the only Jewish team in the history of black baseball—made their mark on the segregated world of the Negro Leagues. The book tells the stories of the Jewish businessmen who owned and promoted teams as they both acted out and fell victim to pervasive stereotypes of Jews as greedy middlemen and hucksters. Some Jewish owners produced a kind of comedy baseball, akin to basketball’s Harlem Globetro ... More

Keywords: Belleville Grays, Negro Leagues, communism, stereotypes, Jews and baseball, Jewish businessmen, segregation, comedy baseball, Abe Saperstein

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195399004
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195399004.001.0001

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Rebecca T. Alpert, author
Temple University
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