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Southern League A True Story of Baseball, Civil Rights, and the Deep South's Most Compelling Pennant Race

ISBN-10: 1455511889
ISBN-13: 9781455511884
Edition: 2013
Authors: Larry Colton
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 5/14/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188

"Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States. Its ugly record of brutality is widely known. Negroes have experienced grossly unjust treatment in the courts. There have been more unsolved bombings in Negro homes and churches in Birmingham than in any other city in the nation."Martin Luther King, Jr.Letter from a Birmingham Jail1963Anybody who is familiar with the Civil Rights movement knows that 1964 was a pivotal year. And in Birmingham, Alabama - perhaps the epicenter of racial conflict - the Barons amazingly started their season with an integrated team.Johnny "Blue Moon" Odom, a talented pitcher and Tommie Reynolds, an outfielder - both young black ballplayers with dreams of playing someday in the big leagues, along with Bert Campaneris, a dark-skinned shortstop from Cuba, all found themselves in this simmering cauldron of a minor league town, all playing for Heywood Sullivan, a white former major leaguer who grew up just down the road in Dothan, Alabama.Colton traces the entire season, writing about the extraordinary relationships among these players with Sullivan, and Colton tells their story by capturing the essence of Birmingham and its citizens during this tumultuous year. (The infamous Bull Connor, for example, when not ordering blacks to be blasted by powerful water hoses, is a fervent follower of the Barons and served as a long-time broadcaster of their games. He clearly is not happy with the team being integrated.)By all accounts, the racial jeers and taunts that rained down upon these Birmingham players were much worse than anything that Jackie Robinson ever endured.More than a story about baseball, this is a true accounting of life in a different time and clearly a different place. Seventeen years after Jackie Robinson had broken the color line in the major leagues, Birmingham was exploding in race riots....and now, they were going to have their very first integrated sports team. This is a story that has never been told.

Larry Colton lives in Portland, Oregon.

"Are You Trying to Be a Smart-Ass?"
Introduction: Southern League and Me
Spring Training
Welcome to Bombingham
The Season: April
The Season: May
The Season: June
The Season: July
The Season: August
The Season: September
Extra Innings
Acknowledgments
Appendix
Authors Note
Index
About the Author

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