On College Football Athletes as “Kids”

“There’s just so many outside influences…As much as you know, you probably still don’t know how much is coming at these kids from all different directions with everybody. Human nature is what it is. We’re foolish to think that doesn’t have an effect on our team and our mindset.” – Chris Peterson (University of Washington)…

Review of Greatness in the Shadows

Branson, Douglas M. Greatness in the Shadows: Larry Doby and the Integration of the American League. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016. Pp. 336 + Photographs, Tables, Notes, Bibliography, Index. $34.95 Hardcover. Reviewed by Josh Howard As Douglas Branson himself admits, Greatness in the Shadows is not a biography. Instead, his work is an analysis of the literature—or…

Review of Under One Roof

Adam Henig. Under One Roof: The Yankees, the Cardinals, and a Doctor’s Battle to Integrate Spring Training. Minneapolis, MN: Wise Ink Creative Publishing, 2016. Pp. 132. Review by Josh Howard. Under One Roof is a personal story. Adam Henig tells the story of Dr. Ralph Wimbish, an African American physician, and his (and others’) role…

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…