Sandlot Seasons

Sport in Black Pittsburgh

Reviews & Interviews


“Pittsburgh was historically a center of black sports life, home of fabled baseball Crawfords and Homestead Grays (who began as a team of black steelworkers), as well as of a dense neighborhood working-class sports life unknown in New York or Chicago. Rob Ruck, in an impressive feat of research, resting heavily on oral history, resurrects the animated scene.”

In These Times

“A fascinating account. . . . Making excellent use of oral history interviews, Ruck goes beyond mere sports trivia. He paints a vivid portrait of an urban society and its love affair with a sporting life it produced and controlled. Highly recommended.”

Library Journal

More Books by Rob Ruck

  • Tropic of Football book cover
  • Raceball book cover
  • Rooney book cover
  • Tropic of Baseball book cover
  • Sandlot book cover
  • Nelson book cover

Films by Rob Ruck