The Most Complete History Of The Negro Leagues Ever Written
In their heyday, the Negro Leagues were an important part of black America, with games played between black teams drawing as many as 40,000 fans in some large cities, and casting its players in the role of celebrated heroes.
This exhaustive yet concise history masterfully evokes these long-gone days with portraits of such Hall of Famers as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Cool Papa Bell, who played for teams like the Kansas City Monarchs, the Chicago American Giants, and the Pittsburgh Crawfords.
It is also a window into the black culture of the times, reflecting the pride and the dreams of a people living under the shameful burden of segregation. This rich volume offers the story of this great American epic—one that continues to fascinate today.
Illustrated With Photos Throughout
Mark Ribowski's previous books include Don't Look Back: Satchel Paige in the Shadows of Baseball, He's a Rebel: The Truth about Phil Spector, and Slick: The Silver and Black Life of Al Davis. He lives in New York City.