New PDF release: African American Pioneers of Baseball: A Biographical
By Lew Freedman
When Jackie Robinson grew to become the 1st African American participant in significant league baseball in 1947, elbowing apart the league's regulations of segregation that have been inviolate for 60 years, he turned an emblem of chance and recognition for African American avid gamers all over. Robinson withstood discrimination to set up himself as a corridor of reputation participant, and to steer destiny generations of black avid gamers into the formerly all-white international of significant League Baseball. Written for college kids and common readers alike, this biographical encyclopedia chronicles the heritage of African American baseball during the existence tales of the game's maximum gamers, the legends who performed an important position within the integration of the key league.
From Negro League stars Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson, to paint line shatterer Jackie Robinson, and people who them within the limelight, similar to Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, readers will find out how the inclusion of African American gamers in significant League Baseball greater the game and race family members within the usa in this serious interval in background.
Providing specified money owed of every player's awesome specialist achievements, this insightful reference describes how the awesome abilities of African American gamers increased significant League Baseball endlessly. positive aspects contain a timeline of significant occasions, a number of pictures, and a bibliography of print and digital resources for extra reading.
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I was impressed with him as a human being,” O’Neil said. “He had the tools. He had that quickness. He took Negro League ball into the majors. ”26 Later that year O’Neil had a conversation with Branch Rickey, the Dodgers’ president, who pointedly and determinedly aimed at smashing baseball’s color line. ’” O’Neil recalled. ’”27 O’Neil watched Robinson interact with Pee Wee Reese and Eddie Stanky in the infield. “I’m looking at two southern boys with Jackie,” O’Neil said. ”28 O’Neil knew the personalities of the best players in the Negro Leagues and while no one claimed that Robinson was the best player available, he was mature, had been in the service, attended integrated University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and was probably a better fit than almost anyone else who could have been selected by Rickey.
Ibid. 18. O’Neil with Wulf and Conrads, I Was Right on Time, 13–15. 19. O’Neil, personal interview, December 7, 2005. 20. Bill Francis, Freeman’s Journal, February 11, 2000. 21. O’Neil, personal interview, December 7, 2005. 22. Ibid. 23. O’Neil with Wulf and Conrads, I Was Right on Time, 2. 24. O’Neil, personal interview, December 7, 2005. 25. Ibid. 26. Ibid. 27. Ibid. 28. Ibid. 29. Ibid. 30. Ibid. 31. Steve Wulf, “The Guiding Light,” Sports Illustrated, September 19, 1994, 150. 32. Bob Smith, Chicago Daily News, June 9, 1962.
While holding down a full-time railroad job, Leonard played semipro ball. It was not until he was nearly twenty-seven that he hooked on with the Grays. The late start cost Leonard in terms of statistical accomplishment, but is hard to quantify. 324. He had a good glove, as well. “He was a line drive hitter who could wear out the fastball,” said Buck O’Neil, a first baseman for the Kansas City Monarchs when Leonard played. “He was a good hitter. ” O’Neil laughed. ”1 When O’Neil wrote his autobiography in 1996, the year before Leonard passed away, he had great praise for his former competitor, calling him “the greatest of us still alive.
African American Pioneers of Baseball: A Biographical Encyclopedia by Lew Freedman