Saturday, February 9, 2013

We are the Ship

We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Where would baseball be without the legacy of the Negro League players. In the famous words of Negro League founder Rube Foster, "We are the ship, all else is the sea." African-Americans weren't allowed to play in the major leagues so he had the audacity to establish the Negro Leagues and made it great.

This book came out in 2008. The fact that it won neither the Newbery Award or the Caldecott Medal was a COMPLETE miss in my opinion. This book is amazing. The illustrations alone are worth the read.

I used this in 5th grade as a History text. It is a great grab for a sports/baseball fan, and it subtly chronicles all the social and political issues as well of the day.

I have to add that I didn't know much about Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige. He was a pitcher in the Negro leagues and eventually played Major League Baseball and was a legend in his lifetime.
Because of the league being segregated, he was the oldest MLB rookie at age 42!!!
That fact still floors me. He was amazing.

Check out this book. It's a great spring sports book (spring is coming right?) as well as a fabulous book for February: Black History Month.

"Safe at Home"

Smokey Joe Williams

Josh Gibson on deck

Josh Gibson

Kansas City Monarchs Dugout

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