Review of Presidents and the Pastime

Smith, Curt. The Presidents and the Pastime: The History of Baseball & the White House. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2018. Pp. 469. Bibliography. $29.95 hardback. Reviewed by Bob D’Angelo Politics and baseball are a delicious mixture. Curt Smith knows how to create a satisfying recipe. Smith, 67, a senior lecturer of English at the…

Review of The Age of Ruth and Landis

Surdam, David George, and Michael J. Haupert. The Age of Ruth and Landis: The Economics of Baseball during the Roaring Twenties. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2018. Pp. 405. Epilogue, appendixes, notes, tables and bibliography. $45 hardback. Reviewed by Bob D’Angelo At first blush, it seems easy to define what influenced major league baseball during…

Making History: The Rise and Roll of Roller Basketball

By Jon Hart Have you ever wanted to create something, make history even? Have you ever wanted to create a sport? Former NBAer and Olympic gold medalist Tom LaGarde did just that. LaGarde’s invention was mostly out of necessity and partly because he had an under-utilized artistic streak. Let’s back track. It was the 90s.…

Review of Mohamed Ali

Boli, Claude. Mohamed Ali. Paris: Gallimard, 2016. 303 pages + appendices. $11.05 Paperback. Reviewed by Peter Marquis This review first appeared in Transatlatnica. Re-posted with permission. Some say he is indeed the “greatest”, the best-known person on earth, ahead of Pélé or Michael Jackson [1]. From the sidewalks of big cities where peddlers sell posters…

Review of The Integration of the Pacific Coast League

Essington, Amy. The Integration of the Pacific Coast League: Race and Baseball on the West Coast. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2018. Pp. 162. Afterword, appendix, notes, and bibliography. $19.95 paperback. Reviewed by Bob D’Angelo Jackie Robinson’s heroic struggle in breaking the color line in the modern era of major league baseball has been told…

The Battle of the Century: Jack Johnson, Jim Jeffries, and Visions of Race War

Editor’s Note: Much has been written about the Johnson-Jeffries fight. The following post is an excerpt from Stephen Ayres’ undergraduate history thesis from the University College London (2014). It serves as a reminder of “the Battle of the Century” and demonstrates the potential of undergraduate sport history students to use their research to engage the public.…