Negro Baseball Leagues
Some of the best players in the history of baseball never played one inning in the majors. That is because Major League Baseball barred black players until 1947. So while Babe Ruth, Cy Young, and others were dominating the majors, stars such as Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson were making a name for themselves in the Negro Leagues. The Negro Baseball Leagues series covers the history of the Negro Leagues, their great pitchers and hitters, and the era of integration with Major League Baseball. Each book contains vivid descriptions of the legendary players and stories while also exploring the social impact of black baseball in segregated America.
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- Spring 2018
- Fall 2017
|Interest Level||Grade 5 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
|Number of Pages||64|
|Title Format||Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks|
|Graphics||1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations|
|Dimensions||7.25 x 9.25|
|Online Resources||FREE! Booklinks Nonfiction Network|
Story of the Negro Leagues (Negro Baseball Leagues) – Booklist
…this slender volume offers a brief but informative introduction to the history of Negro League baseball. The leagues began in 1920 and their glory days extended over the next three decades, until Major League Baseball began to siphon off legendary players and up-and-coming stars. Smolka discusses the creation of the Negro Leagues, introduces the outstanding players, and describes the difficulties faced by teams traveling through the segregated South. The most memorable section of the book explains what it meant to black Americans, especially those whose voting rights were blocked by poll taxes, literacy tests, and intimidation, to cast their votes for players in the annual East-West All-Star Game. For the 1939 game alone, 17 million ballots were cast. The book’s attractive design features wide-spaced lines of text, restrained use of color, and archival photos of individual players and teams. Make room for this volume from the Negro Baseball Leagues series.