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We are the ship : the story of Negro League baseball

Author: Kadir Nelson
Publisher: New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Young adult nonfiction
Picture books
History
Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nelson, Kadir.
We are the ship.
New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, ©2008
(OCoLC)609183577
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kadir Nelson
ISBN: 9780786808328 0786808322
OCLC Number: 187095171
Awards: Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal, 2009.
Coretta Scott King Award, author, 2009.
Coretta Scott King Honor, illustrator, 2009.
Target Audience: 900
Description: 88 pages : color illustrations ; 29 x 29 cm
Contents: Beginnings --
A different brand of baseball: Negro League game play --
Life in the Negro leagues --
Racket ball: Negro League owners --
The greatest baseball players in the world: Negro League All-Stars --
Latin America: baseball in paradise --
Good exhibition: the Negro leagues vs. the white leagues --
Wartime heroes: World War II and the Negro League All-Star game --
Then came Jackie Robinson --
The end of the Negro leagues --
Negro leaguers who made it to the major leagues / Negro leaguers in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Other Titles: Story of Negro League baseball
Responsibility: words and paintings by Kadir Nelson ; foreword by Hank Aaron.

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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.

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