THE FORGOTTEN PLAYERS by Robert Gardner

THE FORGOTTEN PLAYERS

The Story of Black Baseball in America
Age Range: 11 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A sturdily documented history of blacks in pro baseball, from Reconstruction to the dissolution of the Negro American League in 1960. Gathering information from published material, plus scrapbooks and resources of the Baseball Hall of Fame library, the authors describe--with rare and welcome specificity--the growth and decline of black teams and organizations, the Negro Leagues' exciting, characteristic style of play, and the effects of segregation and prejudice on the players' daily lives. Combining league games with relentless barnstorming, black teams showed talent at least equial to their white counterparts, and often generated more income; Gardner and Shortelle suggest that Branch Rickey was driven as much by financial and legal motives as by conscience when he signed Jackie Robinson. Individual careers are'nt detailed, but there are surprises: unknown Bill Foster pitched more league victories than Satchel Paige; at least two players hit more (league) home runs than Josh Gibson. Well-founded, frank, and coherent; clearer than Cooper's Playing America's Game (p. 58). B&w photos; bibliography; end notes; index. (Nonfiction. 11-14)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-8027-8248-5
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Walker
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1993




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