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

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

by Brent Kelley
 

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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

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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 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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Booklist
a wonderful book that should be exceedingly popular among fans with an interest in the game's history
MultiCultural Review
"interesting...a solid contribution...should be part of academic and public library collections"
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“a wonderful book that should be exceedingly popular among fans with an interest in the game’s history”—Booklist; “interesting...a solid contribution...should be part of academic and public library collections”—MultiCultural Review.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786422791
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/03/2005
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

Brent Kelley, a retired equine veterinarian from Lexington, Kentucky, is the author of numerous McFarland baseball books.

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