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African Americans in sports
Wiggins, David Kenneth, 1951-
Publication Information:
Armonk, N.Y. : Sharpe Reference, [2004]

Physical Description:
2 volumes : illustrations ; 26 cm
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GV583 .A567 2004 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
GV583 .A567 2004 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
GV583 .A567 2004 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This two-volume set features 400 articles on African-Americans in sports, including biographical entries as well as entries on events, tournaments, leagues, clubs, films, and associations. The entries cover all professional, amateur, and college sports such as baseball, tennis, and golf.

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Booklist Review

This set features alphabetically arranged articles on the history, influence, and accomplishments of African Americans in sports. Users will find meticulous research and historical perspectives on a wide variety of often underrepresented subjects. Coverage extends from the 1800s through 2002 and addresses athletics at both the national and international level. More than 400 articles have been written by almost 80 contributors, and while the majority are biographical, additional pieces address individual sports, teams, and organizations and associations. Thoughtful essays deal with social issues such as racial theories and civil rights. Biographical entries cover not only athletes but also coaches, managers, entrepreneurs, and sportswriters. Forty articles are devoted to women athletes. Basketball, baseball, boxing, football, and track-and-field all have multipage entries, while shorter articles address such activities as lacrosse, rodeo, bowling, and fencing. The Harlem Globetrotters have an entry, as does the Wake-Robin Club, an association founded in 1937 for African American women golfers. Additional articles address how African American athletes have been represented in such genres as autobiography and film. Occasional black-and-white archival photographs accompany the text. A list of entries by category, a general index, an index by sport, a general bibliography, and a chronology provide support. Public, academic, and secondary school libraries will want to offer this title. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-More than biographical references, these sets also include essays on cultural themes, institutions, teams, and sport history. Native Americans profiles nearly 200 past and present athletes and key personnel in sports ranging from archery to wrestling. Jim Thorpe, Will Rogers, Cory Witherill, Johnny Bench, and other readily identifiable names accompany such lesser-known athletes as Olympian runner Louis Tewanima, skier Shirley Firth, and lacrosse player Barry Powless. Each article includes information on the athlete's tribal heritage, early life, accomplishments, cultural impact, and an occasional black-and-white photograph. The entry on SuAnne Big Crow, a legendary Lakota high school athlete, is inspirational. Essays on "Mascot Controversy," "Lacrosse," "Gambling," and "Competition Powwows" are fascinating and fall in alphabetically among the profiles. African Americans contains fewer cultural articles but nearly 400 individual profiles. It includes professional and college athletes, Olympians, Heisman Trophy winners, All-Americans, coaches, and sportswriters. Volleyball, rodeo, cycling, horse racing, and golf are featured, though not as predominately as basketball, football, and track and field. Students may prefer Nathan Aaseng's African-American Athletes (Facts On File, 2003) for more comprehensive articles on well-known figures. These resources will be valued for their scope and the essays on the development of individual sports that offer a historical look at the racial indignities and prejudices suffered by many gifted athletes.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.