Invisible Men Life in Baseball's Negro Leagues

ISBN-10: 0803259697
ISBN-13: 9780803259690
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 3/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 302
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

In 1947 Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier and became a hero for black and white Americans, yet Robinson was a Negro League player before he integrated Major League baseball. Negro League ballplayers had been thrilling black fans since 1920. Among them were the legendary pitchers Smoky Joe Williams, whose fastball seemed to "come off a mountain top, " Satchel Paige, the ageless wonder who pitched for five decades, and such hitters as Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard, "the Ruth and Gehrig of the Negro Leagues." Although their games were ignored by white-owned newspapers and radio stations, black ballplayers became folk heroes in cities such as Chicago, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington DC, where the teams drew large crowds and became major contributors to the local community life. This memorable narrative, filled with the memories of many surviving Negro League players, pulls the veil off these "invisible men" who were forced into the segregated leagues. What emerges is a glorious chapter in African American history and an often overlooked aspect of our American past. Donn Rogosin has been a public television executive and an independent producer of documentaries. He wrote for the acclaimed documentary "There Was Always Sun Shining Someplace", a film on Negro League baseball, and is currently working on a Brazilian music program for television.

Introduction
Preface
The World That Negro Baseball Made
Up from Obscurity
The Cult of Professionalism
The Heat of the Harlem Moon
On the Road
The Latin Connection
Dusk and Dawn
Appendix
Index

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