A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson
Call Number: J 796.357 Johnson Green
Jackie Robinson : Hero and Athlete
Call Number: J B Robinson Slade
Profiles Jackie Robinson and his contribution to baseball.
Call Number: 796.357 Campanella
A Rookie biography of Roy Campanella.
Satchel Paige Don't Look Back
Call Number: J B Paige Adler
Satchel Paige was one of the greatest pitchers in baseball. Take a look at his life and his struggle to be accepted into the major league.
Stealing Home : Jackie Robinson : Against the Odds
Call Number: J B Robinson Burleigh
Children's Fiction Books
Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream
Call Number: J P Hubbard
"A picture book biography highlighting a pivotal event in the childhood of African American baseball player Marcenia "Toni Stone" Lyle Alberga, the woman who broke baseball's gender barrier by becoming the first female roster member of a professional Negro League team"--Provided by publisher.
Jackie and Me
Call Number: J Fiction Gutman
With his ability to travel through time by using baseball cards, Joe goes back to 1947 to meet Jackie Robinson, turning into a black boy in the process.
Just Call Me Joe Joe
Call Number: J Fourth Grade Elster
Reading a library book about the old Negro Baseball Leagues and the talented men who played in them gives Joe Joe the strength and self-esteem to do something difficult.
Just Like Josh Gibson
Call Number: J P Johnson
A young girl's grandmother tells her of her love for baseball and the day they let her play in the game even though she was a girl.
Satch and Me
Call Number: J Fiction Gutman
With his ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe takes Flip with him to find out whether Satchel Paige really was the fastest pitcher ever.
Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow
Call Number: J Fiction Sturm
Satchel Paige began his baseball career in the Negro Leagues in Alabama in the 1920s. For years, Jim Crow laws, which segregated blacks and whites, kept him out of the major leagues. But they couldn't stop him from becoming a world-class athlete. This is a fictionalized account of a real-life sports hero.
The Bat Boy & His Violin
Call Number: J Picture Book Curtis
Reginald is more interested in practicing his violin than in his father's job managing the worst team in the Negro Leagues, but when Papa makes him the bat boy and his music begins to lead the team to victory, Papa realizes the value of his son's passion
The Home-Run King
Call Number: J Fiction McKissack
During the Depression in Nashville, Tennessee, two baseball-loving brothers host Josh Gibson, a star of the Negro Leagues, in their home, and are motivated to get their own team started as well.
Willie and the All Stars
Call Number: J Picture Book Cooper
In 1942 Chicago, Willie sees a game between the Negro League All-Star team and the Major League All-Stars, and realizes that his dream of becoming a professional baseball player could come true
Children's Non-Fiction Books
Hank Aaron's Dream
Call Number: J 796.357 Tavares
This picture book pays homage to Aaron's strength of character and determination to play major league baseball. School Library Journal
The Forgotten Players: The Story of the Black Baseball in America
Call Number: J 796.357 G
Traces the history of the Negro leagues that evolved due to segregation in professional baseball and the experiences of black players from the late nineteenth through the early twentieth century.
The Story of Negro League Baseball
Call Number: J 796.357 B
Brashler takes a more personal look at Negro League baseball. This book intersperses chapters on such black stars as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Jackie Robinson among the accounts of the various Negro Leagues. Archival and scrapbook black-and-white photographs, similar to those found in other titles, appear throughout. A list of Negro League all-star teams chosen by a variety of groups and individuals is appended. School Library Journal
We are the Ship : the Story of Negro League Baseball
Call Number: J 796.357 Nelson
Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson.
Who is Baseball Greatest Pitcher?
Call Number: J 796.357 Kisselof
Asks the reader to compare the statistics for thirty-three of baseball's greatest starting pitchers and decide who is the best.
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Baseball: the Perfect Game
Call Number: 796.357 Baseball
All-star anthology celebrating the game's greatest players, teams, and moments
Life in the Negro Baseball Leagues
Call Number: YA 796.357 Wukovits
Discusses aspects of the life in the Negro baseball leagues, including recruitment, training, obstacles, opportunities, as well as the values of their day.
Out of the Shadows: African American Baseball from the Cuban Leagues to Jackie Robinson
Call Number: 706.357 Out
History of African American baseball players and the Negro Leagues.
Satchel Sez: the Wit, Wisdom, and World of Leroy "Satchel" Paige
Call Number: 796.357 Satchel
Satchel Paige’s witty quips and savvy observations -- on everything from health to wealth, from race relations to baseball-- are an enduring part of American mythology. At long last, a definitive collection of quotes, stories (from Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio, and many others), vintage newspaper articles, photos, and memorabilia celebrates the inimitable magic of Leroy “Satchel” Paige.
The Negro Baseball Leagues 1867-1955 : a Photographic History
Call Number: 796.357 D64 n
The first comprehensive history of black baseball, it follows Simpson Younger, the first Black to play college baseball, to Jackie Robinson breaking the Major Leagues' color barrier after World War II & the subsequent death of the Negro Leagues in the mid-1950s.
The Negro Leagues Chronology : Events in Organized Black Baseball, 1920-1948
Call Number: 796.357 Hauser
This year-by-year, day-by-day account begins with the founding of the Negro National League in February 1920 and ends just after the integration of the major leagues in 1948. Booklist
Willie's boys : the 1948 Birmingham Black Barons, the last Negro League world series, and the making of a baseball legend /
Call Number: 796.357 Klima
Willie's Boys adds to baseball lore by recounting Willie Mays's service with the 1948 Birmingham Black Barons, which led to the Black Barons' participation in black baseball's final World Series. Library Journal
Willie's Time: Baseball's Golden Age
Call Number: 796.357 May Einstein
This volume replays the most dramatic moments of the Say Hey Kid’s career—from the 1951 Miracle Giants to the Amazing Mets of 1973—and takes us inside the lives of Ruth, DiMaggio, Aaron, Durocher, and others along the way. Einstein offers a compelling and complete look at Mays: as a youth in racist Birmingham, a triumphant symbol of African American success, a sports hero lionized by fans, and yet all the while, still a very human figure destined to play for two decades amid baseball’s Golden Age.
Adult and Young Adult Biographies
Jackie Robinson Baseball Great and Civil Rights Activist
Call Number: B Robinson Pederson
Breaking the color barrier -- Life in Georgia -- California and its challenges -- Growing up and getting out -- Entering a world at war -- The negro leagues -- In the minors -- Breaking into the majors -- On his own -- The final years.
Jackie Robinson: "all I ask is that you respect me as a human being"
Call Number: YA B Robinson Ford
The experiment -- Growing up -- College -- Army life -- The Negro leagues -- The Montreal Royals -- Welcome to Brooklyn -- Baseball and beyond -- Number 42 -- The final years.
Satchel: the Life and Times of an American Legend
Call Number: B PaigeTye
This is the story of an athlete, showman, philosopher, and boundary breaker Leroy "Satchel" Paige. Through dogged detective work, journalist Larry Tye has tracked down the truth about this enigmatic pitcher, interviewing Negro Leaguers and Major Leaguers, talking to family and friends who had never told their stories, and retracing Paige's steps to separate the truth from the myth Paige himself created. Here is the child born to an Alabama washerwoman with twelve young mouths to feed, the young man who took up baseball on the streets, inventing his trademark hesitation pitch while throwing bricks at rival gang members. Tye shows Paige growing into the superstar hurler of the Negro Leagues, establishing records that still stand, then emerging at age 42 to help propel the Cleveland Indians to the World Series.--From publisher description.
Say Hey: the Autobiography of Willie Mays
Call Number: 796.357 M 45s
Mays was a rookie outfielder when Bobby Thomson's home run won the National League pennant for the New York Giants. Twenty-three years later, he ended his career in New York as a Met. In the intervening years, he appeared in 24 All-Star games and was chosen most valuable player twice. This autobiography reveals Mays as someone who played baseball for the love of the game. The reminiscences of his relationship with manager Leo Durocher, his dismay at the Giants's move to San Francisco, and his early years with the Black Barons of the Negro Leagues are the highlights of this unpretentious look at the career of a baseball legend. Jo DeLapo, Queens Lib., New York. Publishers Weekly.
The Power and the Darkness: the Life of Josh Gibson in the Shadows of the Game
Call Number: B Gibson Ribowksy
Insightful account of Gibson's tragic life, which came to an end only months before Jackie Robinson integrated Major League ball. Publisher's Weekly
Willie Mays: the Life, the Legend
Call Number: B Mays Hirsch
Mays was a baseball genius and an artist, albeit with imperfections making him capable of mistakes on the diamond and missteps in his personal relationships. Hirsch interweaves biography and baseball tales with historical context, showing changes in the national scene, particularly involving race. Mays, whose feats were truly remarkable was certainly among the game's most brilliant players, even after nearly two years of military service, returning to the New York Giants for their World Series championship run in 1954. Library Journal
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Young Adult Fiction
The Journal of Biddy Owens: the Negro Leagues, Birmingham, Alabama, 1948
Call Number: YA Fiction Myers
Teenager Biddy Owens' 1948 journal about working for the Birmingham Black Barons includes the games and the players, racism the team faces from New Orleans to Chicago, and his family's resistance to his becoming a professional baseball player. Includes a historical note about the evolution of the Negro Leagues.
Call Number: DVD 796.357 Baseball
The definitive documentary of America's pastime, baseball. Through a skillful blend of still photographs, film footage, interviews and voice overs, the the history of "The Game" is brought to life. Covering the period from the 1840's to 1994 (just before the strike), the high and low moments, heroes and villains are explored and examined, providing an in-depth, informative, and enthralling look at this truly American passion.
Not Long Ago
Call Number: DVD 973.918 Not
Faithfully and dramatically captures the high points of the expansive and exciting period in the five years between the end of World War II and the Korean War. Contains captivating footage of the most significant themes and events of the period - the consumer standard of living shifting into high gear, the rise of African Americans playing baseball, the growing Red Scare and the Communist witch hunt, the 1948 presidential campaign in which Harry Truman confounded the experts, and much more.
Only the ball was white
Call Number: DVD 796.357 Only
Pays tribute to the many topflight players from the Negro Leagues. Narrated by actor Paul Winfield, the program documents a bygone bittersweet era in baseball and the men who were denied stardom by the color line.
We are the Ship [sound recording] : the story of Negro League Baseball
Call Number: J SCD 796.357 Nelson
Kadir Nelson explains the history of the Negro National League that played baseball from the 1920s to 1947. Through this history, he shares the story of amazing men who endured horrible circumstances to do what they loved: play ball.