Shades of Glory

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The Negro Leagues & The Story of African-American Baseball

By Lawrence D. Hogan

Foreword by Jules Tygiel

Celebrating African America’s contribution to our great national pastime, this comprehensive, lively history combines vivid narrative, visual impact, and newly discovered statistics to recreate the excitement and passion of the Negro Leagues. Packed with stories, biographical essays, scores of archival photographs, and other evocative artifacts, the book is an important contribution to sports history and a fitting tribute to legendary baseball stars such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Martin Dihigo, Cool Papa Bell, and many more, who were shadowed by racial prejudice, but now shine forth in all their sparkling brilliance.

National Geographic is proud to present this compelling volume, compiled by a who's who of authorities on the subject. Drawing on years of research, Shades of Glory traces the history of black baseball from the 19th century to the first great teams, such as the Cuban Giants, and on to the era of the vibrant barnstorming teams from the East Coast, Chicago, and Cuba. The unparalleled Rube Foster started the first Negro League in 1920, with such dominant teams as the Chicago American Giants and the Kansas City Monarchs. Pittsburgh soon produced two of the greatest teams of all time, the Homestead Grays and the Pittsburgh Crawfords, featuring such stars as Satchel Paige, John Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, and many more. Their superb brand of baseball rivaled the best of the major leagues until the historic signing of Jackie Robinson by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Shades of Glory chronicles a bygone era of black baseball and the stars who were shadowed by racial prejudice, but now shine forth in all their sparkling brilliance.

Paperback, 448 pages

Dimensions: 6.75 x 9.25 x 1.5 inches

Reviews:
“Probably the most comprehensive history of black baseball available in one book…a must-read for any student of the game.” — Cincinnati Enquirer

“Hogan sets the teams and leagues in the cultural and economic context of the black experience and the communities in which they played, broadening the book’s appeal to anyone interested in this fascinating chapter in American history.” —The Christian Science Monitor

“An outstanding tribute.” — Linda Paige Shelby, daughter of Satchel Paige

“An incredible story.” — Bud Selig, Commissioner of Major League Baseball