Stars of the Negro Leagues

Age Level: 12–17  Grade Level: 7–12

In the decades before major league baseball was integrated in 1947, many of the sport's best players could be found in the Negro Leagues. This series tells the stories of some of the most talented athletes who made a name for themselves there. Readers will learn about the athletic, societal, and personal challenges that these players faced. Also covered are the records they broke and thrilling moments they had on the field. A fun baseball-themed design and lots of historical photographs make this set appealing to the eye, while sidebars, chronologies, glossaries, and further reading sections offer extra information. Features include: Shines a spotlight on talented athletes who are less famous than they deserve to be, due to the discrimination they faced. Provides the context needed to help readers understand the period in which these players lived and the challenges they faced. Prompts readers to think critically about the past and reflect on what has and hasn't changed, both important themes in the C3 Framework for Social Studies. Informative sidebars explore related topics in depth. A chronology helps readers trace the path of each book's subject, while further reading sections provide suggestions for how readers can learn more.

  • Fall 2019
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    Buck Leonard

    Buck Leonard

    Phenomenal First Baseman

    Hallie Murray
    Buck Leonard was a famous first baseman who played for one of the top teams in Negro league history, the Homestead Grays, for sixteen seasons, beginning in 1934. Leonard's skill led him to be known as the "black Lou Gehrig," but he was not offered a Major League Baseball contract until 1952...Read More

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    ISBN: 9781978510487
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    Cool Papa Bell

    Cool Papa Bell

    Lightning-Fast Center Fielder

    Hallie Murray
    James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell was a National Negro League all-star who was best known for his legendary speed. A center fielder, Bell's batting average was regularly over .4, and in one season he was said to have stolen 175 bases in just 200 games...Read More

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    ISBN: 9781978510517
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    Josh Gibson

    Josh Gibson

    Catcher and Power Hitter

    Hallie Murray
    Josh Gibson, sometimes known as the "black Babe Ruth" for his skill at bat, was a power hitter and catcher in the Negro Leagues. He played on the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords between 1930 and 1946...Read More

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    ISBN: 9781978510548
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    Judy Johnson

    Judy Johnson

    Third Baseman and Manager

    Hallie Murray
    Known as one of the best pinch-hitting third baseman to ever play the game, Judy Johnson played seventeen seasons of Negro league baseball before retiring in 1937. Johnson was known for his calm and professional demeanor on the field, and he also managed many of the teams he played for...Read More

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    ISBN: 9781978510579
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    Monte Irvin

    Monte Irvin

    Outstanding Outfielder

    Hallie Murray
    Inspire your readers with this biography. The exceptionally athletic Monte Irvin was an outfielder who started in the Negro leagues and eventually became one of the earliest black Major League Baseball players after joining the New York Giants in 1949...Read More

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    ISBN: 9781978510791
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    Satchel Paige

    Satchel Paige

    Legendary Pitcher

    Hallie Murray
    Satchel Paige was an enormously popular pitcher whose career spanned nearly thirty seasons across numerous teams. When he joined the Cleveland Indians in 1948, he became the oldest major league rookie on a major league team, and he was the first Negro league player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame...Read More

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    ISBN: 9781978510821
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