Book Report

Until fairly recently, African Americans were barred from participating in major league baseball. This fact did not prevent them from excelling in the game, it just prevented those efforts from being recognized. In this entertaining and informative book, the McKissacks present a history of the Negro Baseball Leagues, including many anecdotal episodes and legendary players. The authors admit that this project was a researcher's nightmare because much of what is known about the leagues comes from the stories of those who participated and those who were spectators, not from recorded factual information. Also since many Negro leagues were formed and folded during this period, it is difficult to follow all the names and keep them straight when reading. I found myself referring back several times to get things set in my mind, but this should not prove too difficult to baseball enthusiasts choosing this book for personal research or class work. This interesting book definitely fills a need for information about an important topic. B&W photos; player profiles; year-by-year chronology; bibliography; index. Highly Recommended. By Melissa Bibbey, Librarian, Wheelersburg (Ohio) High School © 1994 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

Horn Book Guide Reviews

With passion and purpose, the mother-son team has written an account of Negro League baseball and its relationship to major-league baseball, from the sport's origin in 1839 to the early 1950s. Individual portraits of many of the colorful and talented stars -- Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson -- enliven the pages, and a particularly useful player profile and a time line have been added at the end. Bib., ind. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews