Frank's Reviews > Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams

Only the Ball Was White by Robert W.  Peterson
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Jul 23, 2011

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Hardly encyclopedic, but a thoughtful semi-oral history of the Negro Leagues. It's aged fairly well for being 40+ years old (though the way the word "Negro" is used does stick out). Peterson sticks to broad strokes detailing the history of the sport and mostly avoids telling crazy stories, which is an enjoyable trap that many other authors fall into. Ultimately a worthwhile read for baseball history fans but hardly essential for anyone else.
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