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Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues

Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues

by Patricia C. McKissack
     
 

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A stirring tribute to the human drama, legendary heroes, infamous owners, low pay, and long bus rides that were the Negro Leagues. A 1995 Coretta Scott King Honor Book now in a striking Polaris edition.

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A stirring tribute to the human drama, legendary heroes, infamous owners, low pay, and long bus rides that were the Negro Leagues. A 1995 Coretta Scott King Honor Book now in a striking Polaris edition.

Editorial Reviews

The ALAN Review - Alan M. McLeod
Until 1947 it was not possible for Blacks to play major league baseball. This book presents some of the stars of the Negro leagues for whom the right to play in the majors came too late-Oscar Charleston, "Cool Papa" Bell, Josh Gibson, and "Buck" Leonard, for instance. It also presents some of the athletes who eventually made it to the major leagues-Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, and Roy Campanella, among others. Through twelve chapters, with ample photographs and anecdotes, the authors provide a glimpse at segregated baseball-its legends, status, tribulations, and drama. This history reminds us how fortunate we are to have seen the Frank Robinsons, Ernie Banks, and Hank Aarons we might not have seen had desegregation not occurred when it did, and what we missed by not being able to see "Satchel" Paige in his prime, or Ray Dandridge or Martin Dihigo.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Excluded from playing major league baseball until 1947, when Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, African Americans set up their own leagues and followed great players such as Satchel Paige and Cool Papa Bell. A time line in the back sets these baseball accomplishments in a broader historical context and a bibliography points the way to other books on the subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590682138
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
714,340
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.66(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


Patricia and Fredrick McKissack are the authors of numerous award-winning books, including REBELS AGAINST SLAVERY: AMERICAN SLAVE REVOLTS and BLACK HANDS, WHITE SAILS: THE STORY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WHALERS, both Coretta Scott King Honor Books, and SOJOURNER TRUTH: AIN’T I A WOMAN? a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Patricia and Fredrick McKissack live in St. Louis, Missouri. John McKissack resides in Memphis, Tennessee.

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