Department of History

Rob Ruck

  • Professor


U.S. History
Sport History
Pittsburgh History


U.S. History Since 1877
U.S. History Since 1945
History of Sport
History of Sport and Global Capitalism

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 1983

Representative Publications

Tropic of Football: The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL (2018)

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

Research Interests

Pittsburgh: A History (with Edward Muller)

The Mighty Mouth: The Life and Times of Mal Goode (with Liann Tsoukas)