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Elston: The Story of the First African-American Yankee
Beginning with his early years as a St. Louis teenager, Elston tells of Elston Howard's love of baseball and his encounters with racism. His three decades with the New York Yankees include numerous anecdotes about fellow Yankee legends such as Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, and Yogi Berra. Written with a wife's compassion and a sportswriter's eye for detail, and with countles ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published January 1st 2018 by Lyons Press
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“In 1971, the Yankees hired Bill White, making him baseball’s first black broadcaster. Everyone was so proud of him. Over the years we had seen Bill quite a bit starting from the days when he played with the Cardinals, then in spring training at St. Petersburg, and later whenever we went home to St. Louis. When Bill came to the Yankees, he knew little about the American League players. So Elston naturally was the first person he went to that spring training.”
“Explaining racial segregation to your five-year-old son is a very, very hard thing to do. When we would bring Elston Jr. down to spring training, Elston struggled to find the right words, the right way to tell our son about the difference between North and South, right and wrong, and black and white; that because of his skin color he had to use a different public rest room or was not allowed to eat a hamburger at certain restaurants. Beaches and swimming pools were off limits. “It’s like a private club,” Elston would say, “and we aren’t members.”More quotes…