Find the latest episode of "The Uncertain Hour" here. Listen
Shelf Life

Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game

Daryl Paranada Mar 1, 2011

Title: Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game

Author: Rob Ruck

Publisher: Beacon Press

Type: Non Fiction

Released: March 1, 2011

Length: 273 pages

The colliding histories of black and Latin ballplayers in the major leagues have traditionally been told as a story of their shameful segregation and redemptive integration. After peaking at 27 percent of all major leaguers in 1975, African Americans now make up less than one-tenth of the sport. The number of Latin American players has exploded to more than a quarter of all players and more than half of all players in the minor leagues. Historian Rob Ruck explains the demographics of today’s Major League Baseball and breaks down how race, economics and imperialism made it what it is today.

Marketplace is on a mission.

We believe Main Street matters as much as Wall Street, economic news is made relevant and real through human stories, and a touch of humor helps enliven topics you might typically find…well, dull.

Through the signature style that only Marketplace can deliver, we’re on a mission to raise the economic intelligence of the country—but we don’t do it alone. We count on listeners and readers like you to keep this public service free and accessible to all. Will you become a partner in our mission today?

Your donation is critical to the future of public service journalism. Support our work today – for as little as $5 – and help us keep making people smarter.