Black Diamond

Black Diamond

The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues (Polaris)

by Patricia C. Mckissack, Fredrick Mckissack, Pat Mckissack



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a Stirring Tribute To The Human Drama, Legendary Heroes, Infamous Owners, Low Pay, And Long Bus Rides That Were The Negro Leagues. A 1995 Coretta Scott King Honor Book Now In A Striking Polaris Edition.

the Alan Review

until 1947 It Was Not Possible For Blacks To Play Major League Baseball. This Book Presents Some Of The Stars Of The Negro Leagues For Whom The Right To Play In The Majors Came Too Late-oscar Charleston, Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson, And Buck Leonard, For Instance. It Also Presents Some Of The Athletes Who Eventually Made It To The Major Leagues-jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, And Roy Campanella, Among Others. Through Twelve Chapters, With Ample Photographs And Anecdotes, The Authors Provide A Glimpse At Segregated Baseball-its Legends, Status, Tribulations, And Drama. This History Reminds Us How Fortunate We Are To Have Seen The Frank Robinsons, Ernie Banks, And Hank Aarons We Might Not Have Seen Had Desegregation Not Occurred When It Did, And What We Missed By Not Being Able To See Satchel Paige In His Prime, Or Ray Dandridge Or Martin Dihigo.