Negro League Baseball & Integration

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Mamie loved the game of baseball. She was also inspired by the great Jackie Robinson, and she was determined to become a profession baseball pitcher. But there was no place for a black woman in a sport dominated by white men. That didn't stop Mamie, though! She began by insisting on trying out for the all-male, all-white Police Athletic League team. Read the inspiring, courage-filled biography of Mamie Johnson, one of only three women who ever played in the Negro Leagues. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award and Robert F. Siebert AwardIn this New York Times bestselling classic, Caldecott Medal-winning artist Kadir Nelson tells the incredible story of baseball's unsung heroes -- perfect for celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Negro Leagues! Featuring nearly fifty iconic oil paintings and a dramatic double-page fold-out, an award-winning narrative, a gorgeous design and rich backmatter, We Are the Ship is a sumptuous, oversize volume for all ages that no baseball fan should be without. Using an inviting first-person voice, Kadir Nelson shares the engaging story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its evolution, until after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947.
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 one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball. 96 pages, hardcover. 

        Perfect for reluctant readers or fans of the genre, this graphic novel captures all the excitement of Jackie Robinson's baseball career as the first African American in the major leagues. 32 pages, paperback.

        Introduce your kids to history with this biography written specifically for children ages 5 to 8 years in mind. Learn about Jackie Robinson, one of the best baseball players in history, and the struggles that he had to overcome as he became the first black baseball player on a major-league team. Includes a timeline of Robinson's life and photographs.

        Who was Jackie Robinson? What is he best remembered for?

        This engaging biography covers Jackie Robinson's life, as a kid he excelled in sports, but beyond his athletic skills, he had strength of character which helped him overcome the obstacles he faced as the first African American player on the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the color barrier in major league baseball.

        Part of the "Who is." series of biographies for middle-grade readers. 104 pages, softcover. Grades 1-7.

            Step into Reading series, ready for chapters book includes five true stories of Baseball's Best. Step 5 level; with photographs and artwork; includes stories of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, and Hank Aaron. See what makes each player a standout! 48 pages. Excellent reading for any kid who loves baseball; classic baseball heroes; ages 6-9.