Few and Chosen: Defining Negro Leagues Greatness

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Monte Irvin, a New York Giants star player who got his start in the Negro Leagues, pays homage to baseball's unsung heroes and long-forgotten stars by selecting the top five players at each position and the top five managers, owners, pioneers, or organizers from the Negro Leagues.

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Overview

Monte Irvin, a New York Giants star player who got his start in the Negro Leagues, pays homage to baseball's unsung heroes and long-forgotten stars by selecting the top five players at each position and the top five managers, owners, pioneers, or organizers from the Negro Leagues.

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The "Few and Chosen" series has produced some excellent volumes, in which a baseball veteran joins with Phil Pepe to choose an all-time team from among the players he knew best. This year Irvin, who played on the Newark Eagles before moving after age 30 to the New York Giants, picks an all-time team from the Negro Leagues, starting with catchers Josh Gibson (tragically "born too soon") and Roy Campenella, whom he'd have chosen first to integrate the majors. Fans will want to read the book to catch Irvin's other, sometimes surprising, selections. Fun, informative, and controversial; for all general libraries.


—Bob Cottrell, Margaret Heilbrun, Paul Kaplan, Gilles Renaud Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572438552
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Series: Few and Chosen Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 832,855
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Monte Irvin is a former player in the Negro Leagues and a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He played in the major leagues for the New York Giants for eight seasons, helping them win two pennants. His finest season in the major leagues was 1951, when he led the National League in RBI and achieved the rare feat of stealing home in the World Series. Phil Pepe is the author of more than 40 books on sports, including collaborations with Yankees legends Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, and Whitey Ford. He is a former Yankees beat writer for the New York Daily News and a former president of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

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