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Boxing in black and white : a statistical study of race in the ring, 1949-1983
Lindsay, Andrew, 1965-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2004]

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xii, 249 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Preface -- American boxing in black and white -- Segregation in American sports is dead, but -- The great white hope: extinct or dormant? -- Approaching the summit -- For all the marbles -- Has the great white hope left the building? -- Conclusion: limitations, assumptions and methodological problems.
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Professional sports in America offer numerous examples of equal opportunity and broken down racial barriers. These developments call for pride and celebration. Yet skin color continues to have an influence in how Americans experience sport. From Al Campanis' statement about the under-representation of blacks in baseball front offices to the almost exclusively white ownership of professional teams, one sees that sports, though admirably more equitable than other societal institutions, are hardly a colorblind American pursuit. Choosing the racially charged sport of boxing for investigation, the author has compiled dozens of statistics measuring whether or not America's racial majority still yearns for a white champion--a Great White Hope. Drawing upon data from The Ring Magazine and its annual record books, this study endeavors to bolster or refute the popular perception in boxing circles that white fighters of lesser ability are helped along to their sports elite level, as a result of being promotional gold in the eyes of the public.

Author Notes

Andrew Lindsay was born in and is a proud resident of Scarborough, Ontario

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. 1
1. American Boxing in Black and Whitep. 3
2. Segregation in American Sports Is Dead, but...p. 23
3. The Great White Hope: Extinct or Dormant?p. 44
4. Approaching the Summitp. 76
5. For All the Marblesp. 127
6. Has the Great White Hope Left the Building?p. 170
Conclusion: Limitations, Assumptions and Methodological Problemsp. 180
Appendix 1 Records of Opponentsp. 185
Appendix 2 Missing Recordsp. 227
Notesp. 233
Referencesp. 243
Indexp. 247