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The Baltimore Elite Giants: Sport and Society in the Age of Negro League Baseball

The Baltimore Elite Giants: Sport and Society in the Age of Negro League Baseball

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The Elite Giants did more than provide entertainment for Baltimore’s black residents; the team and its star players broke the color barrier in the major leagues, giving hope to an African American community still oppressed by Jim Crow. In recounting the history of the Elite Giants, Luke reveals how the team, its personalities, and its fans raised public awareness of the larger issues faced by blacks in segregation-era Baltimore.

Based on interviews with former players and Baltimore residents, articles from the black press of the time, and archival documents, and illustrated with previously unpublished photographs, The Baltimore Elite Giants recounts a barrier-breaking team’s successes, failures, and eventual demise.

Bob Luke is author of Dean of Umpires: The Biography of Bill McGowan, 1896–1954 and Willie Wells: "El Diablo" of the Negro Leagues.

Further Reading: Baseball in Baltimore: The First Hundred Years by James H. Bready

2010, Bob Luke, 208 pp, Hardcover



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