Books for Adult Readers

“Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience” Online Site Support Notebook

The following book list for the Pride and Passion traveling exhibition was created by project scholars and staff.

Red Barber and Robert W. Creamer.
Rhubarb in the Catbird Seat. Bison, 1997.

William Brashler.
Josh Gibson: A Life in the Negro Leagues. Ivan R. Dee., 2000.

Ron Briley, ed.
Class at Bat, Gender on Deck, and Race in the Hole: A Line-up of Essays on Twentieth Century Culture and America’s Game. McFarland, 2003.

Adrian Burgos, Jr.
Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line. University of California Press, 2007.

Roy Campanella.
It’s Good to Be Alive. University of Nebraska Press, 1995.

Dick Clark and Larry Lester, eds.
The Negro Leagues Book. The Society for American Baseball Research, 1994.

Robert Cottrell.
The Best Pitcher in Baseball: The Life of Rube Foster, Negro League Giant. NYU Press, 2004.

Phil Dixon.
Phil Dixon’s American Baseball Chronicles, The 1905 Philadelphia Giants. BookSurge Publishing, 2006.

The Monarchs: 1920-1938, Featuring Wilber “Bullet” Rogan. Mariah Press, 2002.

Phil Dixon with Patrick J. Hannigan.
The Negro Baseball Leagues: A Photographic History. Amereon Ltd, 1992.

Jonathan Eig.
Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season. Simon & Schuster, 2007.

Robert Elias, ed.
Baseball and the American Dream: Race, Class, and Gender in the National Pastime. Sharpe, 2001.

Stanley Glenn.
Don’t Let Anyone Take Your Joy Away: An Inside Look at Negro League Baseball and Its Legacy. Universe Inc., 2006.

Jim “Mudcat” Grant.
The Black Aces: Baseball’s Only African-American Twenty-Game Winners. Available from:
external link

Leslie A. Heaphy.
Black Baseball and Chicago: Essays on the Players, Teams and Games of the Negro Leagues Most Important City. McFarland & Co., 2006.

Satchel Paige and Company: Essays on the Kansas City Monarchs, Their Greatest Star and the Negro Leagues. McFarland & Co., 2007.

Lawrence D. Hogan.
Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball. National Geographic and National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, 2006.

John B. Holway. The Complete Book of Baseball’s Negro Leagues: The Other Half of Baseball History. Hastings House Publishers, 2001.

William Kirwin, ed.
Out of the Shadows: African American Baseball from the Cuban Giants to Jackie Robinson. Bison Books, 2005. Collection of articles by historians provides an excellent history of African American baseball from its origins to Jackie Robinson.

Neil Lanctot.
Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.

Larry Lester.
Baseball’s First Colored World Series: The 1924 Meeting of the Hilldale Giants and Kansas City Monarchs, McFarland and Co., 2006

Black Baseball’s National Showcase: The East-West All-Star Game, 1933–1953. Bison Books, 2002.

Kyle McNary.
Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe: 36 Years of Pitching & Catching in Baseball’s Negro Leagues. Available from Pitch Black Baseball:
external link

William F. McNeil.
Cool Papas and Double Duties: The All-Time Greats of the Negro Leagues. McFarland, 2005.

Jack Morelli, illus. by Mark Chiarello. Heroes of the Negro Leagues. Abrams Books, 2007.

Bob Motley, with Byron Motley.
Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants & Stars: Umpiring in the Negro Leagues & Beyond. Sports Publishing LLC, 2007.

Buck O’Neil, with David Conrads.
I Was Right On Time. Simon & Schuster, 1997.

James Overmyer.
Queen of the Negro leagues: Effa Manley and the Newark Eagles. Scarecrow Press, 1998.

Leroy “Satchel” Paige (as told to David Lipman).
Maybe I’ll Pitch Forever. Bison Books, 1993.

Will Pascoe.
A Noble Game: A History of the Negro Baseball Leagues. BookSurge Publishing, 2006.

Robert Peterson.
Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams. Oxford University Press, 1992.

Joe Posnanski.
The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America. William Morrow, 2007.

Arnold Rampersad.
Jackie Robinson: A Biography. Knopf, 1997.

Jim Reisler.
Black Writers / Black Baseball: An Anthology of Articles from Black Sportswriters Who Covered the Negro Leagues. McFarland, 1994.

Ellen Rendle.
Judy Johnson: Delaware’s Invisible Hero. Cedar Tree Books, 1994.

James Riley.
The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Da Capo Press, 2002.

Frazier “Slow” Robinson.
Catching Dreams: My Life in the Negro Baseball Leagues. Syracuse University Press, 2000.

Jackie Robinson
. I Never Had It Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson. Ecco, 1997.

Rachel Robinson.
Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait. Abradale/Abrams, 1998.

Donn Rogosin.
Invisible Men: Life in Baseball’s Negro Leagues. Bison Books, 2007.

Scott Simon.
Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball. Wiley, 2007.

Brad Snyder.
A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood’s Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports. Viking Adult, 2006.

Jules Tygiel.
Baseball’s Greatest Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Past Time: Baseball as History. Oxford University Press, 2000.

Sol White.
Sol White’s History of Colored Baseball with Other Documents on the Early Black Game, 1886–1936. Bison Books, 1996. Reproduction of the 1907 original.

Ernest C. Withers.
Negro League Baseball. Abrams, 2004.

David W. Zang.
Fleet Walker’s Divided Heart: The Life of Baseball’s First Black Major Leaguer. Bison, 1998.


William Brashler.
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings: A Novel. University of Illinois Press, 1993.

Mark Winegardner.
The Veracruz Blues. Penguin, 1997.