What Were the Negro Leagues? (What Was?)

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Author: Johnson, Varian

Brand: Penguin Workshop

Color: Multicolor

Edition: Illustrated

Binding: Paperback

Format: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 112

Release Date: 24-12-2019

Details: Product Description This baseball league that was made up of African American players and run by African American owners ushered in the biggest change in the history of baseball. In America during the early twentieth century, no part was safe from segregation, not even the country's national pastime, baseball. Despite their exodus from the Major Leagues because of the color of their skin, African American men still found a way to participate in the sport they loved. Author Varian Johnson shines a spotlight on the players, coaches, owners, and teams that dominated the Negro Leagues during the 1930s and 40s. Readers will learn about how phenomenal players like Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and of course, Jackie Robinson greatly changed the sport of baseball. About the Author Varian Johnson is the author of several children's books. He lives outside of Austin, TX with his family. This is his first time writing for Who HQ. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. What Were the Negro Leagues?   September 8, 1942: On a warm Tuesday, twenty thousand fans filed into the bleachers of Griffith Stadium in Washington, DC, to watch the first game in the World Series. The best-of-seven-game series was sure to be an exciting spectacle, with the top two teams competing against each other. The series featured some of the biggest baseball stars of the day—many of whom were later inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.   But this game didn’t include big names, such as Joe DiMaggio or Ted Williams. Nor were Major League Baseball (MLB) teams, such as the Boston Red Sox or the New York Yankees, battling against each other.   That’s because this was the Negro League World Series. All of the players on both teams—the Homestead Grays and the Kansas City Monarchs—were black.   (Before the 1960s, Negro was considered the polite way to refer to black people. Today, that is no longer the case.)   In 1942, not one major-league team had any African Americans on its roster. Why? White players refused to play with black teammates. So none were hired.   Black baseball players were just as good as or better than white players from the major leagues. The 1942 Negro League World Series featured seven future Hall of Famers, including Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige. He was perhaps the best pitcher in Negro League history. Also, Josh Gibson. He was one of the most powerful hitters ever. Josh Gibson was so good at belting out home runs, many people called him “the Black Babe Ruth,” though fans who saw both players often called Ruth “the White Josh Gibson.”   The first few innings of the opening game of the 1942 Negro World Series were close. Neither team was able to score. But in the fourth inning, two Homestead Gray players finally made it on base. Then came Gibson, six feet one and weighing over two hundred pounds. Satchel Paige stood across from him at the pitcher’s mound.   The best against the best.   Paige wound up and pitched the ball. It went flying across the infield. Gibson swung, and with a crack, the bat connected. The ball flew far and high . . . but not far enough and not high enough. The ball was caught at center field.    Gibson was out.   There would be no home runs for Gibson or the Homestead Grays that day. The Kansas City Monarchs won the first game 8–0.   In the second game, Paige and Gibson faced each other again. Some said that Satchel Paige deliberately walked two players, loading the bases, just so he could pitch against Josh Gibson. Former Monarchs player and manager John “Buck” O’Neil even claimed Paige taunted Gibson before striking the slugger out with a “one-hundred-and-five-mile [an-hour] fastball.”   Although Paige probably didn’t walk two players on purpose, the series became a classic. Thanks to Paige, Gibson, and others, over sixty thousand fans attended the World Series!   None of the players could know that Negro League baseball was almost at its peak. Big changes would soon co

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