We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
“We are the ship; all else the sea.”—Rube Foster, founder of the Negro National League 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... show more
“We are the ship; all else the sea.”—Rube Foster, founder of the Negro National League 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 the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball. Using an “Everyman” player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. The voice is so authentic, you will feel as if you are sitting on dusty bleachers listening intently to the memories of a man who has known the great ballplayers of that time and shared their experiences. But what makes this book so outstanding are the dozens of full-page and double-page oil paintings—breathtaking in their perspectives, rich in emotion, and created with understanding and affection for these lost heroes of our national game.We Are the Ship is a tour de force for baseball lovers of all ages.
Publish date: January 8th 2008
Publisher: Jump At The Sun
Pages no: 88
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, African American
, Picture Books
, Sports And Games
I would have to say this book would have to be for children with a higher reading level, and enjoy reading. It has big blocks of text that can easily make readers bored. It has a good story telling element with the narrator telling you the story like you are actually listening to a person tell you t...
This is, just as the title may lead you to believe, the story of Negro League baseball. It's told from the point-of-view of a nameless Negro League player, one who was probably average, relatively unexceptional, and who never made it to the majors. It follows the league from before its inception (...