World War II and the Advancement of Black Baseball

Rebecca T. Alpert

in Out of Left Field

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780195399004
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897360 | DOI:
World War II and the Advancement of Black Baseball

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This chapter follows Ed Gottlieb, Syd Pollock, and Abe Saperstein as they extended their power when the Negro Leagues became a lucrative business immediately before and during World War II. Gottlieb owned the Philadelphia Stars and was also an officer in the Negro National League. Saperstein booked games in the Midwest; promoted the East-West game, the annual all-star showcase of the Negro Leagues; and was instrumental in advancing the career of Satchel Paige. Pollock owned and operated the controversial Ethiopian Clowns. All three men were the subjects of heated debate in the black press and among the predominantly black owners of Negro League teams.

Keywords: World War II; Negro Leagues; Philadelphia Stars; Satchel Paige; Ethiopian Clowns; black press; East-West all-star game; Ed Gottlieb; Abe Saperstein; Syd Pollock

Chapter.  6526 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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