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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About the Book 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. Read more Show Less

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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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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786422791
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/3/2005
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.79 (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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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part 1 Before Jackie Robinson Entered Organized Ball 5
Leadoff Hitter - 1924 7
Josh and the Crawfords - 1929 12
Beck's Buddy - 1931 18
Cuban Hall of Fame - 1932 22
The Complete Ballplayer - 1932 26
Hall of Fame - 1933 32
From Catching to College - 1934 36
"Big" - 1934 43
Defensive Whiz - 1935 49
Not So Evil - 1937 56
First Generation - 1938 62
"Dr. Cyclops" - 1938 67
Superman - 1939 76
Satchel's Catcher - 1939 85
The Youngest Regular - 1940 91
Second Generation - 1940 98
Triple Threat - 1940 102
Jackie's Roomie - 1940 110
Wanderlust - 1940 113
The Best Lefty in the League - 1940 123
Willie's "Father" - 1942 128
A Pennant for Cleveland - 1942 133
A Star in Philadelphia - 1943 144
Pride in Defense - 1944 154
.300 Hitter - 1945 161
Cuba's Greatest Export - 1945 164
Too Many Starters - 1945 170
Punch at Short - 1945 176
Part 2 After Jackie Entered Organized Ball 181
"The Rope" - 1946 183
Four-Position All-Star - 1946 189
Coal Miner - 1946 193
The Original - 1946 199
"Mule" - 1946 206
Almost MVP - 1946 210
A Two-Way Player - 1947 219
The Black Red - 1947 225
One Step Away - 1947 233
"Slick" - 1947 241
"High Pockets" - 1947 244
The First Black Redbird - 1948 250
Groundhog - 1948 254
Pitchin' and Guitar Pickin' - 1949 259
The Second One - 1949 266
Stuck Behind Pee Wee - 1949 271
Good as Campy - 1950 277
"Fireball" - 1950 281
Red and White Sox - 1950 290
"Lefty" - 1950 293
There to the End - 1952 301
Baseball's Loss = Basketball's Gain - 1952 305
In and Out by 19 - 1953 310
"Junior" - 1954 317
Bibliography 325
Index 327
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