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"I will never forget" : interviews with 39 former Negro league players
Kelley, Brent P.
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2003]

Physical Description:
v, 193 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Continues: The Negro leagues revisited, 2000.
Bill Bethea -- Scoop Brown -- Paul Casanova -- James Colzie -- Bunny Davis -- Ross "Satchel" Davis -- Clifford DuBose -- Lionel Evelyn -- Hubert "Country" Glenn -- Herald "Beebop" Gordon -- Raymond Haggins -- J. C. Hartman -- Prince Joe Henry -- Carl Holden -- Vernell Jackson -- Clarence Jenkins -- Ernest Johnson -- Tom Johnson -- Marvin Jones -- Ezell King -- Willie Lee -- Larry LeGrande -- William Little -- Nathaniel McClinic -- John Mitchell -- Grady Montgomery -- Bob Motley -- Charley Pride -- Mack Pride -- Bill "Sonny" Randall -- Henry Saverson -- Eugene Scruggs -- Willie Sheelor -- Sam Taylor -- Ron Teasley -- James Way -- Sam Williams -- Walter "Buddy" Williams.

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GV865.A1 K425 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The author offers here a follow-up to two highly praised previous volumes, Voices from the Negro Leagues interesting...solid - MultiCultural Review) and The Negro Leagues Revisited (wonderful reading for baseball fans - Booklist/RBB; - Public Library Quarterly). The players interviewed in this new book of interviews are Bill Bethea, John Scoop Brown, Paul Casanova, Jim Colzie, Bunny Davis, Ross Davis, Clifford DuBose, Lionel Evelyn, Hubert Glenn, Herald Beebop Gordon, Raymond Haggins, J.C. Hartman, Joe Henry, Carl Holden, Vernell Jackson, Clarence Jenkins, Ernest Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Marvin Jones, Ezell King, Willie Lee, Larry LeGrande, William Little, Nathaniel McClinic, John Mitchell, Grady Montgomery, Bob Motley, Charley Pride, Mack Pride, Bill Sonny Randall, Henry Saverson, Eugene Scruggs, Willie Sheelor, Sam Taylor, Ron Teasley, James Way, Sam Williams, Walter Williams, and Willie Young. Photographs of the players and their teammates and complete-as-possible statistics supplement the interviews.

Author Notes

Brent Kelley, a retired equine veterinarian from Paris, Kentucky, is the author of numerous books

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Booklist Review

Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color line when he stepped on the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, but he inadvertently broke the back of the Negro baseball leagues, too, by turning black fans' attention to the Major Leagues. But the Negro leagues were a significant chapter in American sporting history, and Kelley has captured the experience of the players in his three volumes of oral history. (This one follows Voices from the Negro Leagues, 1998, and The Negro Leagues Revisited, 2000.) One of the more interesting players interviewed here is James Colzie, who pitched for 21 years and won 265 games, sandwiching his baseball around a career as an educator and president of the local NAACP. He recalls the insults he and his teammates endured--without verbal or physical retaliation--because that was the accepted path to integration at the time. What will strike readers is the affection these men have for their playing days and the success most had after their baseball careers were over, often in public service or education. A valuable piece of sports history. --Wes Lukowsky Copyright 2003 Booklist

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
Bill Betheap. 3
"Scoop" Brownp. 7
Paul Casanovap. 13
James Colziep. 21
Bunny Davisp. 27
Ross "Satchel" Davisp. 33
Clifford DuBosep. 43
Lionel Evelynp. 46
Hubert "Country" Glennp. 52
Herald "BeeBop" Gordonp. 56
Raymond Hagginsp. 62
J. C. Hartmanp. 67
Prince Joe Henryp. 73
Carl Holdenp. 85
Vernell Jacksonp. 89
Clarence Jenkinsp. 93
Ernest Johnsonp. 98
Tom Johnsonp. 103
Marvin Jonesp. 107
Ezell Kingp. 110
Willie Leep. 113
Larry LeGrandep. 117
William Littlep. 123
Nathaniel McClinicp. 127
John Mitchellp. 130
Grady Montgomeryp. 132
Bob Motleyp. 135
Charley Pridep. 139
Mack Pridep. 143
Bill "Sonny" Randallp. 147
Henry Saversonp. 151
Eugene Scruggsp. 154
Willie Sheelorp. 158
Sam Taylorp. 160
Ron Teasleyp. 164
James Wayp. 171
Sam Williamsp. 175
Walter "Buddy" Williamsp. 180
Willie Youngp. 185
Bibliographyp. 187
Indexp. 189