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Title:
African-American athletes
Author:
Aaseng, Nathan.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Facts On File, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
x, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780816048052
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Athletes have always been seen as role models, as heroes, as gifted individuals who can entertain and inspire their fans with acts of grace, strength, agility, and skill. From ice hockey to track and field, from tennis to boxing, African Americans have excelled in every major sport. From the late 19th century through the present day, many of the most respected and well-known personalities in professional and amateur sports have been African Americans. African-American Athletes highlights those athletes, men and women, who have competed at the highest levels in one or more sports and set new standards of accomplishment for those who have followed them. Each entry provides an exciting and enlightening biographical profile, concentrating on the events in that person's life related to his or her accomplishments in sports, followed by an up-to-date further reading list on that individual. A general introduction orients the reader to African Americans in sports, subject indexes list each athlete by year of birth and by sport, and a general bibliography lists other resources on the topic. The general reader, the student, and the sports fan will find the information contained in this book fascinating and easy to access. Profiles include: Hank Aaron: baseball outfielder Muhammad Ali: boxer Arthur Ashe: tennis player Dominique Dawes: gymnast Flo Hyman: volleyball player Jack Johnson: boxer Michael Jordan: basketball guard Jackie Joyner-Kersee: track and field heptathlete Isaac Murphy: jockey Walter Payton: football running back Serena and Venus Williams: tennis players Tiger Woods: golfer and many others.


Author Notes

Nathan Aaseng grew up in Minnesota and worked as a microbiologist for four years before becoming a writer.

He has written over ninety books for young readers, including biographies, and sports and science books.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Here are two strong additions to the A-Z of African Americans series for students and general readers. Other titles in the series have included volumes on African American business leaders, religious leaders, and mathematicians and scientists. The volume focusing on professional and amateur athletes is written by the veteran children's biography author Aaseng. Profiles cover more than 155 athletes, with information on their lives and their athletic accomplishments. Individuals were selected for inclusion based on a variety of factors--statistics, championships, recognition by peers, or pioneering efforts. Among them are Hank Aaron (baseball's career home-run leader), John Davis (two-time Olympic weightlifter), Emmitt Smith (professional football player), and Debi Thomas (Olympic figure skater). All but a handful are from the twentieth century. Failures and missteps of the athletes are not ignored, nor are they sensationalized. African Americans in the Performing Arts features actors, dancers, singers, musicians, composers, and choreographers. Composers and choreographers such as Quincy Jones and Katherine Dunham are included when they are performers as well as creators. The biographies mainly encompass performers from the early twentieth century through the 2002 Academy Awards. Selections were based on personal preference, historical importance, variety, and level of achievement. Some 190 biographies treat notables such as Harry Belafonte, Duke Ellington, W. C. Handy, Roland Hayes, Ice-T, Frankie Lymon, and Bessie Smith. Entries describe each subject's life and how personal experience affected his or her art and, in many cases, his or her social activism. The unique individuality of the person is stressed in all cases. The reader will be aided by the list of entries at the front of each book as well as the index, bibliography, and lists of entries by activity and year of birth at the back. Further reading is included at the end of each one- to two-page entry, and there are cross-references within each entry to the other entries. Some entries are accompanied by photographs. Writing is clear and well suited for the audience. Both volumes will be useful sources for information and are recommended for school and public libraries. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-These biographical dictionaries highlight the lives and accomplishments of notable individuals, past and present. Each volume contains 125 to 200 alphabetical entries, all of which provide some biographical details and concentrate on events related to achievements in that field. Athletes includes sports from automobile racing to wrestling. An appended list subdivides major sports, so Ernie Banks and Derek Jeter are grouped under "Baseball Infielder" and Gale Sayers and Marshall Faulk under "Football Running Back." Unheralded women such as Earline Brown (shot putter) and Flo Hyman (volleyball) accompany more common names such as Althea Gibson. Performing Arts includes actors, dancers, choreographers, composers, and musicians and singers from ragtime to rap. Many entries, including those on Angela Bassett, Fats Waller, and Leontyne Price, provide cross-references to individuals who influenced the performers. Social Leaders contains abolitionists, separatists, civil rights activists, educators, newspaper publishers, and others whose efforts focused on the issues of their day. Entries on W.E.B. Du Bois, Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks accompany those on scores of lesser-known men and women. Nearly all entries have a Web-site reference. Science, Math, and Invention includes trailblazers who broke color barriers in their field, such as Frederick Drew Gregory, Deputy Administrator of NASA; and Sarah Breedlove Walker, the first self-made woman millionaire in the U.S. Average-quality, black-and-white portraits are scattered throughout. Overall, these are fine reference sources.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Since this is the first volume in Facts on File's "A-Z of African Americans" series, no one should be surprised that most of the athletes chosen are also listed in Michael McGovern's Encyclopedia of 20th Century Athletes (CH, Mar'02, also published by Facts on File). Aaseng, author of dozens of titles for Facts on File and other publishers, presents biographical background about each athlete in readable style. This is not a comprehensive work; athletes are selected for their pioneer or celebrity status. Entries are fairly long and end with a brief list of titles for further reading. The index is arranged by sport and by year of birth. Entries are not as detailed as those in David Porter's African American Sports Greats: A Biographical Dictionary (1995), a title Aaseng omits from the selected bibliography at the end of his volume. A supplemental resource that will interest high schools and libraries that do not have Porter's encyclopedia. ^BSumming Up: Optional. General readers and lower-division undergraduates. M. C. Su Pennsylvania State University, Altoona Campus


Excerpts

Excerpts

Athletes have always been seen as role models, as heroes, as gifted individuals who can entertain and inspire their fans with acts of grace, strength, agility, and skill. From ice hockey to track and field, from tennis to boxing, African Americans have excelled in every major sport. From the late 19th century through the present day, many of the most respected and well-known personalities in professional and amateur sports have been African Americans. African-American Athletes highlights those athletes, men and women, who have competed at the highest levels in one or more sports and set new standards of accomplishment for those who have followed them. Each entry provides an exciting and enlightening biographical profile, concentrating on the events in that person's life related to his or her accomplishments in sports, followed by an up-to-date further reading list on that individual. A general introduction orients the reader to African Americans in sports, subject indexes list each athlete by year of birth and by sport, and a general bibliography lists other resources on the topic. The general reader, the student, and the sports fan will find the information contained in this book fascinating and easy to access. Profiles include: Hank Aaron: baseball outfielder Muhammad Ali: boxer Arthur Ashe: tennis player Dominique Dawes: gymnast Flo Hyman: volleyball player Jack Johnson: boxer Michael Jordan: basketball guard Jackie Joyner-Kersee: track and field heptathlete Isaac Murphy: jockey Walter Payton: football running back Serena and Venus Williams: tennis players Tiger Woods: golfer and many others. Excerpted from African-American Athletes by Nathan Aaseng All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

List of Entriesp. vi
Introductionp. viii
A to Z Entriesp. 1
Bibliography and Recommended Sourcesp. 245
Entries by Area of Activityp. 246
Entries by Year of Birthp. 249
Indexp. 251