In Turkey Stearnes and the Detroit Stars, Richard Bak documents the extraordinary history of Detroit's first and foremost black professional baseball team. This groundbreaking
analysis of Detroit's entry in the Negro National League brings to life a fascinating story of skill, pride, and perseverance. The greatest Star of them all—Norman "Turkey" Stearnes— established virtually all of the team's individual and career records during his nine seasons with Detroit. Brimming with anecdotal tales, this thorough examination includes oral histories: biographical sketches of players, owners, and fans; and scores of unique photographs. A bonus is the comprehensive statistical overview, the first-ever for a single Negro league team. The numbers buttress Bak's argument that Stearnes deserves serious consideration for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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