By Tom Dunkel
A 2013 CASEY Award Finalist for top Baseball ebook of the Year
When baseball swept the United States within the years after the Civil struggle, self sufficient, semipro, and municipal leagues sprouted up all over. With civic satisfaction at the line, rivalries have been fierce and groups frequently signed ringers to play along the city dentist, coverage salesman, and teenage prodigy. In drought-stricken Bismarck, North Dakota throughout the nice melancholy, essentially the most inconceivable groups within the background of baseball was once assembled through one of many sport’s impossible champions. A decade sooner than Jackie Robinson broke into the main Leagues, automobile broker Neil Churchill signed the easiest avid gamers he might locate, despite race, and fielded an built-in squad that took on all comers in remarkable fashion.
Color Blind immerses the reader within the wild and beautiful global of early self sustaining baseball, with its difficult pageant and its novelty. Dunkel strains the increase of the Bismarck squad, targeting the 1935 season and the 1st nationwide Semipro event. this is often an exciting, must-read for somebody attracted to the historical past of baseball.
“A story as really good because it is true.”—Boston Globe
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Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball's Color Line by Tom Dunkel