What Were the Negro Leagues?
Which of these facts are true?
They started because black baseball players were shut out of the Majors
Sometimes Satchel Paige played with nobody else on the field because his pitching was that good
Thirty-five players from the Negro Leagues are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame
All of the above!
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.