We Are the Ship

We Are the Ship

The Story of Negro League Baseball

Book - 2008
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Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson
Publisher: New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780786808328
Branch Call Number: JUV 796.357 Nelson 2008
Characteristics: 88 pages : color illustrations ; 29 x 29 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.9 3.0 119912


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Using a fictional character as narrator, Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginning to end. This is more than a story about gifted athletes. It's a story of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, low pay and so much more do what they loved: play baseball.

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Jul 17, 2017

I learned a lot in this book and enjoyed how it was told from the perspective of a Negro Leagues player. The artwork, of course, stands out the most, but the amount of information included will be of interest to any baseball fan. I had no idea it was common for black players to play in Latin American countries at the time, and it's interesting that even though they were treated better there, most players still returned home to play for the Negro League teams. After reading this book, I am planning to visit the Negro Leagues museum for the first time very soon.

Feb 18, 2017

Good introduction on Negro league baseball & the 60 year "gentleman agreement" by white owners to prohibit African-Americans before huge profit east vs west Negro all-stars game, A.B Chandler answer to integration question & Branch Rickey taking a chance on Jackie Robinson.\
Paintings of the iconic players were stoic & respectful.
Huh, Depression-era teams owned by number rackets guy as a expensive "legitimate" hobby.
Nice story on the Latin baseball league where American-American treated like a regular somebody, but language & culture made some homesick.
Bit sad on today three hour plus baseball games were stuffy compared to then two hours fast & daring games.
I yet to see a thick scholarly more in-depth book for adults with more details on base salary, average attendance & what happened to the number racket owners.

From the 1920s until Jackie Robinson was brought into Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, there were really three major leagues in America, the American, the National, and the Negro Leagues. The Negro League was full of great ballplayers who weren’t allowed to play in the other leagues, but who loved to play ball, and played it incredibly well against bad odds. Illus. with full-color oil paintings.

Aug 22, 2012

Interesting for baseball fans, but it seemed to run on and perhaps the subject matter is too specific for readers in general. It tells various tales, but it can get bogged down in its own point and the story itself is trying to show growth, but the dates get mixed up too easy as they aren't presented chronologically by chapter. However, it is informative and, for younger audiences who haven't grasped racism yet, it can be eye-opening and possibly even upsetting; in fact, I would recommend that audiences be older before reading this book. The message of this book (that the Negro League Baseball league was one of the finest baseball leagues, that it had to face far more obstacles than the Major Leagues, and that many of the players could be considered some of the best ever) is easily preserved, but the clumsy presentation of details overshadow some of its finer points. Overall, I would recommend it to baseball fans or as a selection during a Black History month. Above all, I recommend it for the beautiful painted artwork in the books; absolutely stunning illustrations can be seen in this book.


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Aug 22, 2012

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Aug 22, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Presents some harsh displays of racism at work in the sports world.


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