University of Pittsburgh


Rob Ruck

PhD, University of Pittsburgh (1983)

University of Pittsburgh
Department of History
3536 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Curriculum Vitae


U.S. History
Sport History
Pittsburgh History



U.S. History Since 1877
U.S. History Since 1945
History of Sport

Selected Publications

Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game (Beacon Press: 2011)

Rooney: A Sporting Life (with Maggie Jones Patterson and Michael Weber) (University of Nebraska Press: 2010)

The Republic of Baseball: Dominican Giants of the American Game (with Dan Manatt)  (PBS: 2006-2008)

The Tropic of Baseball: Baseball in the Dominican Republic (University of Nebraska Press,1999)

Sandlot Seasons: Sport in Black Pittsburgh (University of Illinois Press,1993)

Steve Nelson, American Radical (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1981) with Steve Nelson and James Barrett



Hall of Fame Negro League Election Committee (2006)
LaRoche College Presidential Medal (1993)
Emmy, Mid-Atlantic Region of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Outstanding Cultural Programming (1994)
SABR-MacMillan Award (1991)



"Fa'a Samoa: Football on American Samoa and Among the Diaspora"

Pittsburgh: A History (with Edward Muller)