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Color Blind
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Color Blind
The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball's Color Line
Creators: Tom Dunkel
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
Imprint: Atlantic Monthly Press
Pub. date: 04/02/2013
Lib. SRP: 16.99 USD
Ret. SRP: 0.00 USD
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
ISBN: 9780802193452
DRM Level: Adobe Content Server 4
Min. Version: Adobe Digital Editions
File size: 8738 KB
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   Sports & Recreations, Nonfiction
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Short Description:
   During the Great Depression, out in drought stricken North Dakota, one of the most improbable teams in the history of baseball was put together by one of the sport's most unlikely champions. In Bismarck, 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. Color Blind, from award-winning journalist Tom Dunkel, tells this remarkable, largely forgotten story.

When baseball swept America in the years after the Civil War, independent, semi-pro, and municipal leagues sprouted up everywhere. 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...
Full Description:
   

A 2013 CASEY Award Finalist for Best Baseball Book of the Year
When baseball swept America in the years after the Civil War, independent, semipro, and municipal leagues sprouted up everywhere. With civic pride on the line, rivalries were fierce and teams often signed ringers to play alongside the town dentist, insurance salesman, and teen prodigy. In drought-stricken Bismarck, North Dakota during the Great Depression, 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.
Color Blind immerses the reader in the wild and wonderful world of early independent baseball, with its tough competition and its novelty. Dunkel traces the rise of the Bismarck squad, focusing on the 1935 season and the first National Semipro Tournament. This is an entertaining, must-read for anyone interested in the history of baseball.
“A tale as fantastic as it is true."—Boston Globe

Reviews:
  Boston Globe
     

“A tale as fantastic as it is true, as American as racism and baseball. . . . Dunkel's extensive research shows--there's enough detail here to satisfy the most rabid fan--and his portraits of Troupe, Paige, and Churchill are lively and warm."

  Publisher's Weekly
     

January 7, 2013
A decade before Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color line in 1947, an integrated team captured the imagination of Bismarck, N.Dak. by winning the national, semiprofessional baseball title. Bismarck was a town where “Norman Rockwell would have found plenty of... inspiration,” even though “Dakotans groped their way along the racial divide.” Bismarck’s integrated team was the brainchild of Neil Churchill, a failed dry goods clerk–cum–car salesman and inveterate gambler who subsidized the team’s existence with his winnings. Churchill looked to the Negro Leagues, “cherry-picking players” who were prohibited from playing in the Major Leagues to reinforce his roster, with his prize being the great Satchel Paige. Freelance journalist Dunkel (the Washington Post) delves into the history of players, towns, and baseball itself in constructing this portrait of a harmonious team rising above a segregated society. The tangential history lessons render the triumph of racial harmony a subtext within the larger context of sports, but it’s a story that transcends championships, and an inspirational reflection on an otherwise dismal human rights history.

  Washington Post
      "A delightful read. This is a tale worth telling."
  Chicago Tribune
      "Dunkel tells one of the great untold stories about baseball history, one that almost sounds too good to be true."
  Cleveland Plain Dealer
      "Dunkel's enthralling narrative of Bismarck's talented collection of white and black players falls into the 'must-read' category."
  Philadelphia Daily News
      “A terrific book. . . . It is funny, it is sad, it is spellbinding, required reading for anyone who loves baseball, who loves a vivid story well-told. . . . Color Blind is crammed with characters . . . laced with joy, rocked by sadness, framed by the civil rights struggle. . . . If you want to understand America, you have to understand baseball."
  Gene Weingarten, Washington Post columnist and feature writer, two-time winner of The Pulitzer Prize
      "Give an exceptional storyteller an exceptional story to tell, and you just might wind up with a book as good as Tom Dunkel's Color Blind."
  Tampa Tribune
      "Dunkel writes with a passion and flair that matches the gritty, hardscrabble North Dakota landscape and culture of the Great Depression. His meticulous research and clever writing blows the dust off a forgotten--but important--chapter in baseball history. A fascinating addition to baseball's library."
  Daily Beast
      "A little-known but charming narrative that affirms baseball as a cornucopia of good stories."
  John Thorn, Official Historian, Major League Baseball and author of Baseball in the Garden of Eden
      Color Blind is an amazing story of black and white that should be read all over."
  Timothy M. Gay, author of Satch, Dizzy, and Rapid Robert: The Wild Saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson
      "[A] wonderful book. Color Blind captures Satch and his Negro League pals at their absolute rollicking best. What a fabulous addition to the literature of our national pastime!"
  Booklist (starred review)
      “Very entertaining. . . . Baseball fans will cherish this book."
  Publishers Weekly
      "Dunkel delves into the history of players, towns, and baseball itself in constructing this portrait of a harmonious team rising above a segregated society. . . . a story that transcends championships, and an inspirational reflection on an otherwise dismal human rights history."
  San Antonio Express-News
      “Tom Dunkel's wonderfully reported book Color Blind casts a spotlight on a long overlooked but fascinating corner of baseball history."
  Bismarck Tribune
      “A rich history."
  San Francisco Chronicle
      “Dunkel well describes the loosey-goosey, not quite minor-league level of America's regional teams in the 1920s and '30s, with ballplayers bouncing across the map to join one team and then another. . . . A happy story."
  Washington Independent Review of Books
      “Painstakingly researched. ... [here] is Paige in all his maddening glory . . . against a sepia backdrop of drought, dust storms, and swarms of grasshoppers at the depth of the Depression."
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  Tom Dunkel     
     
Tom Dunkel is an award-winning freelance journalist with more than 25 years of experience reporting for major newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, New York Times Sunday Magazine, and Wall Street Journal. He lives in Washington, D.C. This is his first book.
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