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WE ARE THE SHIP: The Story of NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL Words and Paintings by Kadir Nelson Foreword by Hank Aaron
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Hardcover: 96 pages
Trim Size: 11” x 11”
Forward by Hank Aaron
Jump At The Sun/Hyperion
$18.99 US

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IN OUR DAY baseball used to look a lot different than it does today. Back then there were separate leagues for white and black baseball Players.

Each League had its share of superstars. The white leagues had talented players like, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, and Dizzy Dean; and we had our stars: Oscar Charleston, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, and the great Satchel Paige. Although we couldn’t play in the White major leagues, we hoped to create a successful Negro major league that would one day rival the White majors. It took almost thirty years, but we did it. THIS IS OUR STORY.

The Story of Negro League Baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field. It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of black America in the first half of the twentieth century. But most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball.

Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. The voice is so authentic, you will feel as if you are sitting on dusty bleachers listening intently to the memories of a man who has known the great ballplayers of that time and shared their experiences. But what makes this book so outstanding are the dozens of full-page and double-page oil paintings, breathtaking in their perspectives, rich in emotion, and created with understanding and affection for these lost heroes of our national game.

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