Brushing Back Jim Crow The Integration of Minor-League BasebaU in the American South By Bruce Adelson University Press of Virginia, 1 999 275 pp. Cloth, $27.95 Reviewed by Steven F. Lawson, minor-league baseball fan, professor of history at Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, and co-author with Charles Payne of Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 194J--1968 from Rowman-Littlefield, 1998. For basebaU fans and students of race relations, Jackie Robinson looms large in the history of sports and civil rights. This African American pioneer broke the color barrier in the major leagues and combined a distinguished baseball career for the Brooklyn Dodgers with a commitment to speaking out against racial injustice. Yet it took more than a decade after his arrival with the Dodgers for the Boston Red Sox to become die final team in the majors to field a black player, and it took even longer for minor-league baseball to become fuUy integrated, with southern teams the last holdouts. Bruce Adelson has uncovered this lost story of the struggle to integrate minor-league basebaU, and in doing so he has underscored the importance of the story by connecting events in the baUpark to the broader battle to dismande racial segregation in the
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 4, 1999
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