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Beyond the Shadow of the Senators : The Untold Story of the Homestead Grays and the Integration of Baseball

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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 13th 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies (first published 2003)
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The Grays have a history that deserves to be known, of course, and the fans of Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard and Satchel Paige will get their desires met, but what makes this book more interesting than a "Meet the Homestead Grays" is the personalities of Senators owner Clark Griffith, Grays owner Cum Posey, and Washington sports writer Sam Lacy.

Griffith comes off the least well, but also the most interesting. It had never occurred to me (or apparently Shirley Povich and many other DC sports writers)
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Anne
Jan 08, 2008 Anne rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: baseball fans, washingtonians, history buffs
I liked this book overall, but it could have been a lot shorter. I appreciate the author's attempt to tell the story comprehensively - and it's a good story, which more people should know. But the book was a very slow read and it took a lot of effort to slog it out until the end. I think a lot of the detail could have been edited down. The book couldn't quite decide if it wanted to tell the stories of the individual players or the saga behind the integration of major league baseball, and the end ...more
Jacob Becklund
A fascinating history of the negro leagues through the perspective of the DC area. I learned so much about the history surrounding integration. I had no idea the Negro Leagues operated in the way they did; a really good book.
Gospelofjon
I love baseball history and I am sad I took so long to get around to reading about the Grays and other top National Negro League teams. Great stories.
Sarah
A great read for lovers of DC history - and baseball history!
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