When the Game Was Black and White: The Illustrated History of Baseball's Negro Leagues

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Before Jackie Robinson hit his first crisp line drive into the grass of Ebbets Field, the game of baseball was black and white. But segregation didn't stop black athletes from playing baseball, and playing it with as much dazzle and aplomb as the greatest white stars. Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, Judy Johnson, Monte Irvin, and Jackie Robinson--they and other Negro League stars played with a level of skill, verve, and grit that made them heroes among both black and white fans. Featuring an extensive...
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Before Jackie Robinson hit his first crisp line drive into the grass of Ebbets Field, the game of baseball was black and white. But segregation didn't stop black athletes from playing baseball, and playing it with as much dazzle and aplomb as the greatest white stars. Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, Judy Johnson, Monte Irvin, and Jackie Robinson--they and other Negro League stars played with a level of skill, verve, and grit that made them heroes among both black and white fans. Featuring an extensive collection of vintage photos, including pictures from Paige's personal scrapbook, this book is the first popular illustrated work on the subject.

Richly illustrated with rare memorabilia and vintage photos, this volume uncovers a lost legacy of American sports history and of American cultural history. In addition to the story of black major-league baseball, this book presents the fascinating tale of barnstorming, integrated Latin American baseball, "off the record" black vs. white contests, and more. (Abbeville Press)

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A connoisseur of diamond memorabilia, New York Daily News sportswriter Chadwick here does for black baseball what he has done for major league baseball in general: encourage its enthusiasts to appreciate its nuances. Because the so-called Negro Leagues, which flourished between 1887 and 1947, were only sketchily covered by the white press, Chadwick has assembled his impressive collection of photos primarily from former players, fans and sports historians. To the pictures of teams and individual stars--including Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell--he has added such memorabilia as programs, tickets and posters. Although the text is well researched, it adds little information to works like R. Peterson's Only the Ball Was White ; the 170 illustrations, on the other hand, make this volume indispensable. (Dec.)
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Featuring vintage photographs, as well as historical accounts and anecdotal remembrances, this book revives a lost legacy of American sports and highlights the dazzling game played by Satchel Paige, John Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, Monte Irwin, Buck Leonard, Jackie Robinson, and others. B&W photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896600911
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 191
  • Product dimensions: 9.37 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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