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 one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball.
Hardvover, 96 pages. Recommended ages 8 - 12.
From the exhibition Imprinted: Illustrating Race in association with In Our Lifetime: Paintings from the Pandemic by Kadir Nelson on view June 11 through October 30, 2022 at Norman Rockwell Museum.