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Feb 21 2008

The Negro Leagues

by Jimmy L

I stumbled upon this webpage the other day and thought it was intriguing.  It’s about the first Negro Leagues in the early 20th century and the impact the first black baseball players had on the history of the sport.  Be sure to listen to the sound clips where different players talk about the subject.

For further research, here are a few books you may wish to check out:

The Kansas City Monarchs : champions of Black baseball by Janet Bruce

Negro league baseball : the rise and ruin of a Black institution by Neil Lanctot

Crossing the line : Black major leaguers, 1947-1959 by Larry Moffi and Jonathan Kronstadt

Blackball superstars : legendary players of the Negro baseball leagues by Ace Collins and John Hillman

Black diamond : the story of the Negro baseball leagues by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack, Jr.

The forgotten players : the story of black baseball in America by Robert Gardner and Dennis Shortelle

The Negro leagues : the story of Black baseball by Jacob Margolies

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Alison W. February 22, 2008 at 9:08 AM

Sports history enthusiasts might be interested to know that Mr. James “Red” Moore, one of the only known living Negro League players in Georgia is being honored in the current 2007-2008 Georgia Legislative Session with a resolution in his honor. Click here http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/fulltext/hr259.htm
to read the text of the resolution.

Nez A. February 25, 2008 at 1:00 PM

I’ve also found that the New Georgia Encyclopedia through DCPL’s GALILEO databases has some interesting history regarding the Negro Leagues and other facts/events related to African American History. It’s also very user friendly.

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