Black Baseball in Living Color (Soft Cover)


If not for Paige’s charisma, showmanship, humor, quick wit, intelligence, and, yes, love for money, Paige’s known Negro Leagues pitching record would likely have been more extensive. Instead, he chased financial opportunities presented by exhibition games, barnstorming, and traveling to foreign lands. Most Negro Leagues players followed a similar course, but Paige’s opportunities were more frequent and more lucrative. Paige was able to convert his baseball reputation into the rarefied atmosphere of a living legend.

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Black Baseball was played on a segregated basis from the nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century.  In 2020, Major League Baseball recognized seven Negro Leagues (1920 – 1948) as major leagues.  This book explores the events and eras that shaped Black Baseball from the nineteenth century through the twenty-first century illustrated with nearly 240 color portraits painted by renowned sports artist Graig Kreindler.  The importance of five players – James “Cool Papa” Bell, Andrew “Rube” Foster, Josh Gibson, Leroy “Satchel” Paige, and Jackie Robinson – is highlighted by focusing on their contributions to the sport and American society in five chapters written by different SABR authors. The portraits of the remaining players are grouped by the seven eras in which they played along with biographical data and a brief story about their career and contribution. Each of these seven chapters is highlighted by two colorized photos of teams from the era provide by The SABR authors explore the intersection of these seven eras with the profound impact world events had on baseball including the Transatlantic slave trade, the legal basis for segregation after the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, and World War II. And how, in spite of a world seemingly set against them, the Black ball players persevered and stood out as rays of hope.


ISBN 979-8-9870925-3-8

The book measures 11″ x 8.50″ and contains

270 pages

240 Graig Kreindler images

16 Colorized photos

8 Artifact images

Additional information

Weight 1.944 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8.50 × 1 in


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