Female Owners in the Negro Leagues

By Leslie Heaphy Having any discussion that involves female owners in the Negro Leagues has to begin with a discussion of Effa Manley, the only woman elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame (2006).  But what many people do not realize is the women that came before and after Effa.  From Olivia Taylor to…

Reflections on Sport & Public History, NCPH 2016

During the 2016 annual meeting of the National Council on Public History (NCPH), I co-organized a working group on sport and public history with an emphasis on sport museums. This group discussed a lot of issues related to sport and public history, such as the question of audience uniqueness, the role of the body, gendered sport,…

Black Women in Baseball

By: Leslie Heaphy Women playing baseball is not new but our knowledge level is limited. But within the history of women’s baseball our knowledge of African American women and their participation in baseball is almost non-existent beyond a name such as Effa Manley. During the 2014 LLWS many became aware of Mone` Davis as she…

Friends of Coal and Sport

By Josh Howard Nike Pro Combat jerseys were a big deal back in 2010. These specially crafted Nike jerseys were almost always incredible. West Virginia University was one of those few lucky schools back in 2010, and their jerseys were of particular relevance: the uniforms included a tribute to the Upper Big Branch mining disaster, the…

Women Making Their Mark in Baseball

By Leslie Heaphy Baseball is still America’s national pastime.  You may not agree with me but there is much evidence to support this belief.  Just look at the number of new books that came out in 2015 alone.  Every day articles are written about the past, present and future of the game.  Numerous sites exist…

Review of the Set-Up Men by Sarah Trembanis

The Set-Up Men: Race, Culture, and Resistance in Black Baseball. By Sarah Trembanis. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2014. Pp. 240. Softcover. $35.00). Reviewed by Josh Howard. One of my favorite sports films growing up was The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings. It’s a comedy from 1976, featuring three major African-American Hollywood stars: Billy…