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By John B. Holway,Frank Ceresi

Before Jackie Robinson crossed significant league baseball's colour line, there existed a parallel international of "blackball" with its personal pantheon of superstars: Rube Foster, Oscar Charleston, Smokey Joe Williams, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and so forth. thousands of elite athletes performed within the Negro Leagues from 1887 during the early Nineteen Fifties, and this extraordinary oral heritage deals an within examine a few of their lives. Seventeen gamers and a staff proprietor reminisce approximately this often-overlooked facet of yank baseball, recapturing the period with a vividness that no journalist may well rival.
Author John Holway has completed greater than a person else within the makes an attempt to realize popularity for the Negro Leagues and to assist their such a lot deserving stars achieve their rightful locations within the nationwide Baseball corridor of popularity. throughout the overdue Nineteen Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies, Holway sought out veterans of the Negro Leagues and recorded their memories. He then performed large study to substantiate the tales with facts from newspapers of the period. the result's a dwelling historical past of the nice black groups, acclaimed by means of The New York occasions as "the closest we will be able to come to seeing them." This revised version gains over 80 classic pictures and a Foreword by way of baseball historian Frank Ceresi.

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