Heroes of the Negro Leagues
First published as trading cards in 1990, these out-of-print watercolor images by award-winning artist Mark Chiarello are now collected for the first time in book form, along with incisive text by Jack Morelli and 39 brand-new images created especially for this book, including portraits of Satchel Paige, Hank Aaron, and Jackie Robinson. The legendary Negro Leagues are rega...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Harry N. Abrams
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A book of nice watercolour paintings of Negro League players with mini biographies on the facing page. The book comes with an interesting half hour DVD that contains a 1970’s era program of interviews with players. It is insightful. I think the book itself would have been improved by an appendix of statistics so that such assertions as “Josh Gibson was the black Ted Williams” could be backed up by numbers. But, its about baseball, and the pictures are beautifully done.
In the 1990s, watercolor artist Mark Chiarelli made a series of baseball cards dedicated to the players who played in the Negro Leagues. The images of these cards have been compiled into a book, along with brief profiles of the players who played the sport during a time when the Major Leagues did not accept black players (indeed, one of the profiles includes Frank Grant, who was was named the Best Player in Buffalo History for his Major League playing - before being shown the door). There are 60...more