By Tom Dunkel
A 2013 CASEY Award Finalist for most sensible Baseball booklet of the Year
When baseball swept the US within the years after the Civil struggle, self sustaining, semipro, and municipal leagues sprouted up in every single place. With civic delight at the line, rivalries have been fierce and groups usually signed ringers to play along town dentist, assurance salesman, and teenage prodigy. In drought-stricken Bismarck, North Dakota throughout the nice melancholy, probably the most inconceivable groups within the background of baseball used to be assembled by way of one of many sport’s impossible champions. A decade prior to Jackie Robinson broke into the main Leagues, motor vehicle broker Neil Churchill signed the simplest avid gamers he may locate, despite race, and fielded an built-in squad that took on all comers in wonderful fashion.
Color Blind immerses the reader within the wild and beautiful global of early self sustaining baseball, with its tricky festival and its novelty. Dunkel lines the increase of the Bismarck squad, targeting the 1935 season and the 1st nationwide Semipro event. this is often an interesting, must-read for somebody drawn to the background of baseball.
“A story as great because it is true.”—Boston Globe
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Sincerely, John D. Rockefeller THE TRAVELERS" TO ROBINSON""THE TRAVELERS" TO ROBINSON On the day he received this letter, and aware of this threat against his life, Robinson slugged a home run in the first game of a doubleheader at Crosley Field, home of the Cincinnati Reds. The Dodgers swept the twin bill, 10–3 and 14–4, and the threat proved idle. No date [received May 20, 1951] We have already got rid of several like you. One was found in river just recently. Robinson, we are going to kill you if you attempt to enter a ballgame at Crosley Field.
Regardless of what happens to me in the future, it all can be placed on what you have done and, believe me, I appreciate it. I don't know the circumstances that caused you to sell, but I am smart enough to know that a person does not sell a growing thing unless there is some misunderstanding some place. But I do want to wish you and your family the very best of everything and sincerely hope that you are able to bring to Pittsburgh just what you did to Brooklyn and St. Louis. I hope to end my playing in Brooklyn as it means so very much, but if I have to go any place I hope it can be with you.
Just in case you might want to write me again, I must inform you that all my mail is opened at the Brooklyn baseball club offices and then forwarded to me. Yours in reproof, Jackie Robinson LESTER GRANGER TO ROBINSON By now a celebrity athlete, Robinson appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) on July 18, 1949, as it held hearings on African American loyalty to the United States. Of special concern to the committee was a remark reportedly made by Paul Robeson, the internationally renowned singer and actor, about the possibility of a war between the United States and the Soviet Union.