A NEGRO LEAGUE SCRAPBOOK by Carole Boston Weatherford

A NEGRO LEAGUE SCRAPBOOK

Age Range: 8 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

In 1887, team owners decreed that African-Americans were barred from the Major Leagues. Prior to this date, black players were on the teams, though they usually called themselves “Cubans.” Buck O’Neil writes in the foreword, “Segregation was the only reason that the Negro Leagues existed.” They were formed to give black players the opportunity to play at a professional level so they would be ready when the Majors were integrated. It would be 50 years before Jackie Robinson got that call. Weatherford has collected a wealth of information and memorabilia from the earliest days through the Leagues’ demise in 1963. There are wonderful photos of the players and teams. Weatherford displays tickets, advertising, banners, equipment and more as if pasted in a scrapbook. The result is a thorough picture of Negro Leagues in all their sadness, pain, and glory. One doesn’t need to be a baseball fan to be fascinated. (Nonfiction. 8+)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-59078-091-4
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Boyds Mills
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2005




MORE BY CAROLE BOSTON WEATHERFORD

ChildrenSUGAR HILL by Carole Boston Weatherford
by Carole Boston Weatherford
ChildrenMICHELLE OBAMA by Carole Boston Weatherford
by Carole Boston Weatherford
ChildrenOBAMA by Carole Boston Weatherford
by Carole Boston Weatherford

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

IndieCOACH RIDLEY’S BASKETBALL GLORY by Constance Ridley Smith
by Constance Ridley Smith
ChildrenSTARS IN THE SHADOWS by Charles R. Smith Jr.
by Charles R. Smith Jr.