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We are the Ship by Kadir Nelson
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Aug 11, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, baseball, corretta-scott-king
Read in May, 2009

This book won numerous awards in this most recent go-round. Told in 9 chapters or “innings,” Kadir Nelson tells the story of men who had both the talent and the ambition to play professional baseball, but the color of their skin and a “gentleman’s agreement” between owners of major league teams kept them out of the game they loved. Told in first person, because he wanted it to sound like a collective story, this book will tell you of players you may have heard of, such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and of course Jackie Robinson, and many you may not have heard of. And Kadir Nelson’s amazing illustrations alone make picking up this book worth while. A great look at a big piece of America’s history. Did you know that most of the protective gear used in baseball today was developed by players in the Negro league, because they played a much more aggressive form of the game? The book also briefly mentions Effy Manly, who co-owned the ballclub Newark Eagles with her husband. The book doesn’t come out and say it, but Effa is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY the only woman with that honor.

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