Invisible Men: Life in Baseball's Negro Leagues

Invisible Men: Life in Baseball's Negro Leagues

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Invisible Men: Life in Baseball's Negro Leagues

In 1947 Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier and became a hero for black and white Americans, yet Robinson was a Negro League player before he integrated Major League baseball. Negro League ballplayers had been thrilling black fans since 1920. Among them were the legendary pitchers Smoky Joe Williams, whose fastball seemed to “come off a mountain top,” Satchel Paige, the ageless wonder who pitched for five decades, and such hitters as Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard, “the Ruth and Gehrig of the Negro Leagues.”
Although their games were ignored by white-owned newspapers and radio stations, black ballplayers became folk heroes in cities such as Chicago, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington DC, where the teams drew large crowds and became major contributors to the local community life. This memorable narrative, filled with the memories of many surviving Negro League players, pulls the veil off these “invisible men” who were forced into the segregated leagues. What emerges is a glorious chapter in African American history and an often overlooked aspect of our American past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803259690
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 03/28/2007
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 963,196
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     vii
Preface     ix
The World That Negro Baseball Made     3
Up from Obscurity     37
The Cult of Professionalism     67
The Heat of the Harlem Moon     92
On the Road     118
The Latin Connection     152
Dusk and Dawn     178
Appendix     222
Index     275

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