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Title Color blind : the forgotten team that broke baseball's color line / Tom Dunkel.
Author Dunkel, Tom, author.
Publication New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2013]
Copyright date ©2013
Edition First edition.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 345 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
text file
Call # eBOOK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-345).
Summary During the Great Depression, in drought stricken Bismarck, North Dakota, one of the most improbable teams in the history of baseball was assembled by one of the sport's most unlikely champions. A decade before Jackie Robinson broke into the Major Leagues, car dealer Neil Churchill signed the best players he could find, regardless of race, and fielded an integrated squad that took on all comers in spectacular fashion. When baseball swept America in the years after the Civil War, independent, semipro, and municipal leagues sprouted up everywhere, especially in the large swaths of the country without a Major League team. With civic pride on the line, rivalries were fierce and teams often signed ringers to play alongside the town dentist, the insurance salesman, and the teen prodigy. But nothing could quite compare to Chrysler dealer Neil Churchill's team in Bismarck. Years ahead of his time, Churchill added stars from the Negro Leagues, including Quincy Trouppe, Hilton Smith, Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, and the biggest star of them all, Satchel Paige. Set against the backdrop of the Great Plains and the Great Depression, Color Blind immerses the reader in the wild and wonderful world of independent baseball, with its tough competition and its novelty -- from all-brother teams and a prison team (who only played home games, naturally) to one from a religious commune that sported Old Testament beards. Dunkel traces the rise of the Bismarck squad, and follows them through their ups and downs, focusing on the 1935 season, and the first National Semipro Tournament in Wichita, Kansas.
Contents Preface : before 42 -- Coming together. Prairieland of opportunity ; Grasshoppers and hickory sticks ; Birth of a salesman ; Worlds apart ; Over the color line ; Throwing fire ; Showtime ; Nameless dread -- Playing together. Come and gone ; Feeling the heat ; Marriages and separations ; Cat and moose ; Long rifle rides again ; "A riotous opera of extra-base hits ..." -- Tested together. Little man, big idea ; Gunfight at the cowtown corral ; Big gun ; The Erle of Oklahoma ; Last team standing ; "Plenty of barn room" ; Endings ; Deep smoke winding.
Note Print version record.
Subject Bismarck Churchills (Baseball team) -- History.
Churchill, Neil Orr, 1891-1969.
Paige, Satchel, 1906-1982.
Trouppe, Quincy, 1912-1993.
Smith, Hilton, 1907-1983.
Paige, Satchel, 1906-1982. (OCoLC)fst01428054
Trouppe, Quincy, 1912-1993. (OCoLC)fst00020413
Baseball teams -- North Dakota -- Bismarck -- History.
Discrimination in sports -- United States -- History.
Semi-professional baseball -- United States -- History.
Racism in sports -- United States -- History.
African American baseball players -- History.
African American baseball players. (OCoLC)fst00799042
Baseball teams. (OCoLC)fst00828040
Discrimination in sports. (OCoLC)fst00895130
Racism in sports. (OCoLC)fst01086664
Semi-professional baseball. (OCoLC)fst01112114
North Dakota -- Bismarck. (OCoLC)fst01206574
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
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Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Dunkel, Tom. Color blind. First edition 0802120121 (OCoLC)820531283
ISBN 9780802193452 (electronic bk.)
0802193455 (electronic bk.)

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