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Call Number: Main Library General Collection - 1st Floor -- GV863.A1P47
Publication Date: 1992-04-30
Early in the 1920s, the New York Giants sent a scout to watch a young Cuban play for Foster's American Giants, a baseball club in the Negro Leagues. During one at-bat this talented slugger lined a ball so hard that the rightfielder was able to play it off the top of the fence and throw Christobel Torrienti out at first base. The scout liked what he saw, but was disappointed in the player's appearance. "He was a light brown," recalled one of Torrienti's teammates, "and would have gone up to the major leagues, but he had real rough hair." Such was life behind the color line, the unofficial boundary that prevented hundreds of star-quality athletes from playing big-league baseball. When Only the Ball Was White was first published in 1970, Satchel Paige had not yet been inducted into the Hall of Fame and there was a general ignorance even among sports enthusiasts of the rich tradition of the Negro Leagues. Few knew that during the 1930s and '40s outstanding black teams were playing regularly in Yankee Stadium and Brooklyn's Ebbets Field. And names like Cool Papa Bell, Rube Foster, Judy Johnson, Biz Mackey, and Buck Leonard would bring no flash of smiling recognition to the fan's face, even though many of these men could easily have played alongside Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Hack Wilson, Lou Gehrig--and shattered their records in the process. Many baseball pundits now believe, for example, that had Josh Gibson played in the major leagues, he would have surpassed Babe Ruth's 714 home runs before Hank Aaron had even hit his first. And the great Dizzy Dean acknowledged that the best pitcher he had ever seen was not Lefty Grove or Carl Hubbell, but rather "old Satchel Paige, that big lanky colored boy." In Only the Ball Was White, Robert Peterson tells the forgotten story of these excluded ballplayers, and gives them the recognition they were so long denied. Reconstructing the old Negro Leagues from contemporary sports publications, accounts of games in the black press, and through interviews with the men who actually played the game, Peterson brings to life the fascinating period that stretched from shortly after the Civil War to the signing of Jackie Robinson in 1947. We watch as the New York Black Yankees and the Philadelphia Crawfords take the field, look on as the East-West All-Star lineups are announced, and listen as the players themselves tell of the struggle and glory that was black baseball. In addition to these vivid accounts, Peterson includes yearly Negro League standings and an all-time register of players and officials, making the book a treasure trove of baseball information and lore. A monumental and poignant book, Only the Ball Was White reminds us that what was often considered the "Golden Age" of baseball was also the era of Jim Crow. It is a book that must be read by anyone hoping not only to understand the story of baseball, but the story of America.
Call Number: Main Library General Collection - 3rd Floor -- GV863.A1O58 2005
Publication Date: 2005-11-01
For nearly fifteen years NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture has been a leading scholarly journal of baseball history. Covering the cultural and historical implications of America's national pastime, NINE has explored baseball from the earliest matches and little-known players of the 1800s to the modern billion-dollar industry and its superstars of today. Here, gathered for the first time, are the best essays from NINE that center on the complex and multifaceted topic of African Americans in baseball. This diverse collection offers an enlightening look at African American baseball in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Negro Leagues, and the turmoil surrounding the integration of baseball by Jackie Robinson and others. Influential figures such as the Negro League team owner Effa Manley, the writer Sol White, and the player Don Newcombe are explored, along with Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey. The book features an introduction by NINE founder and editor Bill Kirwin. Represented as well are other respected baseball historians, including the late Jerry Malloy, considered by many to be the leading scholar on nineteenth-century black baseball. Out of the Shadows addresses such themes as the importance of baseball to the African American community, the personal hardships faced by early integrators Robinson and Newcombe, the influence of female owners on the Negro Leagues, and the early days of barnstorming before integration, thereby providing a balanced and engaging overview of African American baseball history. Purchase the audio edition.
Call Number: Main Library General Collection - 1st Floor -- E741.J43
Publication Date: 2006-10-20
For most of her life, Brandy Whine has been picked on just because of her name. Leaving her loving family, along with the family business, she heads to the big city to reinvent herself and start anew.Nathan Porche is from Australia, with life handed to him on a silver platter, all paid for by the billions from his parents' mega-successful company. Yet, for Nathan, something is missing. For once in his life he tries to shake off his family's influence and take matters into his own hands.Deciding he needs to find the missing puzzle to his life he starts a company with his best friend Denny. They leave Australia for the USA and now Nathan's and Brandy's destinies intersect.Now it all begins.A chance meeting opens both their eyes to new possibilities. The intense romantic magnetic pull between them is something that only happens once in a lifetime.Brandy has no experience when it comes to boyfriends because she has always been shy. She never thought a gorgeous man like Nathan would ever be attracted to her.When Nathan first sees her, he knows she is different. He is compelled to find out more. Brandy is everything his family is not. Her innocence and shyness only draws him deeper.Their summer together is a dreamy, erotic romance with passion that is beyond what either of them ever suspected could happen.Nathan and Brandy's romance leaves you wanting more of what they have to offer each other in this trilogy series. They will draw you into their lives as they struggle to keep their relationship alive, while others always want to interfere.