Buck Leonard: Phenomenal First Baseman

Buck Leonard: Phenomenal First Baseman

by Hallie Murray




Buck Leonard was a famous first baseman who played for one of the top teams in Negro league history, the Homestead Grays, for sixteen seasons, beginning in 1934. Leonard's skill led him to be known as the "black Lou Gehrig," but he was not offered a Major League Baseball contract until 1952. He declined because he felt he was too old and might damage the image of black players in general if he were injured. Leonard's story illuminates the unique challenges Negro League players faced in a time of segregation and racism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781978510470
Publisher: Enslow Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2019
Series: Stars of the Negro Leagues
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Baseball Beginnings 11

Chapter 2 On the Field with the Homestead Grays 28

Chapter 3 Travelling with the Grays 49

Chapter 4 A Bittersweet Ending to the Negro leagues 64

Chapter 5 Baseball Player No More 79

Negro Leaguers in the Hall of Fame 91

Timeline 93

Glossary 97

Further Reading 99

Index 101

About the Author 104

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