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Leagues Apart: The Men and Times of the Negro Baseball Leagues
"As handsome a book on the Negro Leagues as any child could hope to see, this focuses on 21 players, from Smokey Joe Williams to Cool Papa Bell to Jackie Robinson. Ritter writes with feeling about the history of the Negro Leagues, how Negro baseball differed from the majors, and what it contributed to the sport, but the main focus is on individual players...Illustrations a ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published January 26th 1999 by HarperCollins
(first published February 1st 1995)
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Apr 16, 2015 Hope Gockenbach rated it 4 of 5 stars
Leagues Apart is a non-fiction book about 21 African American baseball players. All were a part of either the Negro American League or the Negro National League until the 1950s when they began integrating black and white baseball players. This book does a great job honoring the skill that these players had. Many of them joined the major league when it finally became acceptable, but many of them did not get the chance, and this book did a wonderful job remembering the ones who never got the chanc ...more
May 02, 2015 Jon Van rated it 5 of 5 stars
I love this book because it brings good information about the Negro Leagues and some of the stars of that league. Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson were some of the best players baseball has ever seen and I think that they are mostly overlooked because they spent most of their time in the Negro Leagues. This book is on the biography and multicultural shelf and shows great traits of idea and organization. I would use this book to read to the class for a baseball theme or during Black History Month. I ...more