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They Played for the Love of the Game : Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota (Paperback) (Frank

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A century before Kirby Puckett led the Minnesota Twins to World Series championships, Minnesota was home to countless talented African American baseball players, yet few of them are known to fans today. During the many decades that Major League Baseball and its affiliates imposed a strict policy of segregation, black ballplayers in Minnesota were relegated to a haphazard array of semipro leagues, barnstorming clubs, and loose organizations of all-black teams—many of which are lost to history.

They Played for the Love of the Game recovers that history by sharing stories of African American ballplayers in Minnesota, from the 1870s to the 1960s, through photos, artifacts, and spoken histories passed through the generations. Author Frank White's own father was one of the top catchers in the Twin Cities in his day, a fact that White did not learn until late in life. While the stories tell of denial, hardship, and segregation, they are highlighted by athletes who persevered and were united by their love of the sport.
Number of Pages: 194
Genre: Sports + Recreation, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Ethnic Studies / African-American Studies, Baseball / History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
Author: Frank M. White
Language: English
Street Date: February 1, 2016
TCIN: 50850225
UPC: 9781681340043
Item Number (DPCI): 248-12-0334

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