When to Stop the Cheering?
The Black Press, the Black Community, and the Integration of Professional Baseball
Routledge – 2006 – 274 pages
*Finalist for the 2007 Seymour Medal of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).* *Winner of the 2007 Robert Peterson Book Award of the Negro Leagues Committee of the Society for American Baseball*
*Finalist for the 2007 Seymour Medal of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).*
*Winner of the 2007 Robert Peterson Book Award of the Negro Leagues Committee of the Society for American Baseball*
When to Stop the Cheering? documents the close and often conflicted relationship between the black press and black baseball beginning with the first Negro professional league of substance, the Negro National League, which started in 1920, and finishing with the dissolution of the Negro American League in 1957. When to Stop the Cheering? examines the multidimensional relationship the black newspapers had with baseball, including their treatment of and relationships with baseball officials, team owners, players and fans. Over time, these relationships changed, resulting in shifts in coverage that could be described as moving from brotherhood to paternalism, then from paternalism to nostalgic tribute and even regret.
Introduction 1. The Origins of Black Baseball 2. "We Are The Ship. . . . All Else The Sea" 3. From Fraternity to Fracture 4. Transitions 5. Interventionism 6. Preparing the Way 7. The Promised Land 8. Staying Away in Crowds 9. Sunset
Brian Carroll is an associate professor of journalism at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia, specializing in print media and digital media. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Journalism & Mass Communication. Carroll also is an adjunct professor at UNC.