Voices from the Negro Leagues: Conversations with 52 Baseball Standouts of the Period 1924-1960

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Baseball lore is replete with the tales of such legendary Negro League stars as Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson and a few others. But the stories of the many other African Americans, both stars and journeymen, have largely been forgotten. These were the men who barnstormed the country, playing in loosely organized leagues and eking out a living doing what they did best, playing baseball. In this work, 52 players reminisce about what it was like to play in the Negro leagues, from the great teams and ...
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Overview

Baseball lore is replete with the tales of such legendary Negro League stars as Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson and a few others. But the stories of the many other African Americans, both stars and journeymen, have largely been forgotten. These were the men who barnstormed the country, playing in loosely organized leagues and eking out a living doing what they did best, playing baseball. In this work, 52 players reminisce about what it was like to play in the Negro leagues, from the great teams and players to the terrible Jim Crow conditions they faced in the South. Now in their sixties, seventies and eighties, these men reflect on their careers with humor, bluntness, and poignancy, providing a rich record of a part of the game that is quickly being lost to history.
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Presents interviews with 52 former Negro League players (most of whom are now in their 70s and 80s) on their experiences in baseball and the problems they encountered as non-white athletes. Each interview is accompanied by one or two b&w photos or paintings of the player, and a brief description of his baseball career. Statistics are also provided, although these are incomplete for most players (a situation addressed in the introduction). The editor includes a very brief bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786403691
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Before Jackie Robinson Entered Organized Ball 5
Cowan "Bubba" Hyde: Leadoff Hitter 7
Harold Tinker: Josh and the Crawfords 12
Al Fennar: Beck's Buddy 18
Rodolfo Fernandez: Cuban Hall of Fame 22
Wild Bill Wright: The Complete Ballplayer 26
Buck Leonard: Hall of Fame 32
Josh Johnson: From Catching to College 36
Edsall Walker: "Big" 43
Red Moore: Defensive Whiz 49
Henry Kimbro: Not So Evil 56
Lyman Bostock, Sr.: First Generation 62
Max Manning: "Dr. Cyclops" 67
Art Pennington: Superman 76
Frazier Robinson: Satchel's Catcher 85
Mahlon Duckett: The Youngest Regular 91
Frank Duncan, Jr.: Second Generation 98
Wilmer Fields: Triple Threat 102
Chester Gray: Jackie's Roomie 110
Connie Johnson: Wanderlust 113
Verdell Mathis: The Best Lefty in the League 123
Piper Davis: Willie's "Father" 128
Willie Grace: A Pennant for Cleveland 133
Bill Cash: A Star in Philadelphia 144
Stanley Glenn: Pride in Defense 154
Elbert Isreal: .300 Hitter 161
Minnie Minoso: Cuba's Greatest Export 164
Warren Peace: Too Many Starters 170
Curley Williams: Punch at Short 176
Pt. 2 After Jackie Entered Organized Ball 181
Bob Boyd: "The Rope" 183
Sherwood Brewer: Four-Position All-Star 189
Jim Cohen: Coal Miner 193
James "Jimmy" Dean: The Original 199
John Miles: "Mule" 206
Al Smith: Almost MVP 210
Gene Collins: A Two-Way Player 219
Chuck Harmon: The Black Red 225
Clinton "Butch" McCord: One Step Away 233
Al Surratt: "Slick" 241
Thomas Turner: "High Pockets" 244
Tom Alston: The First Black Redbird 250
Don Johnson: Groundhog 254
Melvin Duncan: Pitchin' and Guitar Pickin' 259
Walter Johnson: The Second One 266
Bunny Warren: Stuck Behind Pee Wee 271
Otha Bailey: Good as Campy 277
Bill Beverly: "Fireball" 281
Ollie Brantley: Red and White Sox 290
Charlie Davis: "Lefty" 293
Ira McKnight: There to the End 301
Dave Whitney: Baseball's Loss = Basketball's Gain 305
Dennis Biddle: In and Out by 19 310
Elliot Coleman: "Junior" 317
Bibliography 325
Index 327
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