Baseball Night - Civil Rights Version - With Tom Dunkel, Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball's Color Line, and Tim Wendel - Summer of '68: The Season That Changed Baseball - And America - Forever WhenFri, October 4, 7pm – 8pm (MDGentleReader)
Tom Dunkel discusses "Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball's Color Line"
COLOR BLIND tells the story of Bismarck, North Dakota’s racially integrated baseball team--a decade before Jackie Robinson broke into the Major Leagues. “Believe it or not: Bismarck, North Dakota, for a brief time in the 1930s, hosted the most dominant baseball team in the country, including the major leagues. Tom Dunkel has researched the story meticulously and told it beautifully, aided by a cast of characters that Hollywood might have envied. COLOR BLIND is an amazing story of black and white that should be read all over.”--John Thorn, Official Historian, Major League Baseball and author of Baseball in the Garden of Eden 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 of the Bismarck squad, and follows them through their ups and downs, focusing on the 1935 season, and the first National Semi-Pro Tournament in Wichita, Kansas. This is an entertaining, must-read book for anyone interested in the history of baseball. ---- 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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