Why were portraits of certain players selected and others omitted?

This is probably the most frequently asked question I have encountered. Unknown Player I believe there is no real precedent for the scope of painted portraits displayed in the book Black Baseball In Living Color, The Artwork of Graig Kreindler, an effort that took the better part of four years.  The Perez Steele sets of […]

A Ghost of a Mystery

“There are three kinds of lies, lies, damn lies, and statistics.” – attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister (1868) Oliver Marcell (1895-1949) lived long enough to see baseball integrated and a trickle of Negro Leagues stars enter Integrated Professional Baseball. He was nicknamed “Ghost” with two theories offered up for his moniker. The less […]


If not for Paige’s charisma, showmanship, humor, quick wit,intelligence, and, yes, love for money, Paige’s known Negro Leaguespitching record would likely have been more extensive. Instead,he chased financial opportunities presented by exhibition games,barnstorming, and traveling to foreign lands. Most Negro Leaguesplayers followed a similar course, but Paige’s opportunities weremore frequent and more lucrative. Paige was […]