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Negro League Articles by John Holway
Negro Leagues: Black Ball Numbers by John Holway

Greatest Pitcher? More Numbers
Was Satchel the Best?
Gibson's Stadium Blasts
Kuhn and Civil Rights
Three More for Valhalla
What if Effa Manley Had Been an Ugly Man? (includes which Negro League players made the HOF and who did not)
The Lucky 39:Hall of Fame Picks: Some Great Ones And Some QuestionsMark your own Negro Leagues Hall of Fame ballot

Sex, Gambling, and Cooperstown
How Mnay Games Did Satchel Win?
Million Dollar Infield
The Other Half of Baseball History
Harry Salmon
.400 and the Negro Leagues
When Ted and Satch Hooked Up
What is Shaw?
Josh the Basher
Great Moments in Blackball History
Hats off to Bill James' Negro League100-Best
Josh Gibson's Famous Yankee Stadium Home Run
Death of Smoky Joe
New Light on Bullet Joe Rogan

Negro League Thumbnail Bios

True Story

Laurence Alpert asked if the Hall of Fame's report of Smoky Joe Williams' death in 1946 is greatly exaggerated.

The answer is, yes. Smoky Joe, or his wraith, was honored with a day in his honor at the Polo Grounds in 1950. He died February 25 1951 in New York and is buried in Washington DC.

- John B Holway

More on the Death of Smoky Joe

Articles Leslie Heaphy

Following Your Favorite Negro League Team

Tribute: Jackie Robinson, #42
For what is history but a myth agreed upon (Jackie Robinson, Rickey, Wilkinson)? by John Holway 
How Racist Was Ty Cobb? (and what's it got to do with Jackie Robinson?) by Bill Burgess
Rating the Top Baseball Players of all Time: The Extrapolation Method (Where does Jackie Robinson rank?) by Eric Gartman
MY MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT (What was George Shuba's moment?) by Herb Rogoff, ONEMOREINNING
Get the book - 42: The Jackie Robinson Story: The Movie Novel

Featured Articles

William M. Burgess III's - Negro Leagues Register
Comparing Negro League All-Timers to Japanese All-timers, by Jim Albright

Negro Leagues
Black Baseball - Premier Negro Leagues site on the web.
Negro League Baseball Players Association - Mr. Todd Bolton, Official site. Excellent informative resource.

Negro Leagues Database - Gary Ashwill,
History of the Negro Leagues - provides a few stories from negro league's past, brief team histories, one page bios on some of the all-star players and they are adding a multi-media experience.
Negro League Legends - Gary Crawford,  Support those who helped lead the way. Historical pics and info. Invite Negro league legends to make public appearances.
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum - Visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.  
Pitch Black Baseball - Kyle McNary, site celebrates Negro League baseball and honors the men and women who blazed the trail that Jackie Robinson followed in integrating the Major Leagues.
NY Times Article, 2006: Breaking a Barrier 60 Years Before Robinson

Buck O'Neil

John "Buck" O'Neil - Played Firstbase for the KC Monarchs from 1938 to 1943 as they won four consecutive Negro League pennants.

Guru Recommends: Buck O'Neil: A Baseball Legend

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Few and Chosen: Defining Negro League Greatness (2007) by Monte Irvin