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Color Blind

The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball's Color Line

By Tom Dunkel

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

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Format: Book
Author: Dunkel, Tom
Summary: Dunkel traces the rise of a Bismarck integrated squad and follows them through their ups and downs, focusing on the 1935 season, and the first National Semi-Pro Tournament in Wichita, Kansas--a decade before Jackie Robinson broke into the Major Leagues!
Title: Color blind : the forgotten team that broke baseball's color line / Tom Dunkel.
Publisher Date: New York : Atlantic Monthly, c2013.
Subject: Minor league baseball -- United States Baseball -- United States -- History Racism in sports -- United States -- History. Discrimination in sports -- United States -- History
Isbn: 9780802120120 0802120121
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Call Number: 796.357 Dun
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Bib Id: 422397

Format: Book
Author: Dunkel, Tom
Summary: Dunkel traces the rise of a Bismarck integrated squad and follows them through their ups and downs, focusing on the 1935 season, and the first National Semi-Pro Tournament in Wichita, Kansas--a decade before Jackie Robinson broke into the Major Leagues!
Title: Color blind : the forgotten team that broke baseball's color line / Tom Dunkel.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Atlantic Monthly, c2013.
Description: xiii, 345 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Minor league baseball -- United States
Subjects: Baseball -- United States -- History
Subjects: Racism in sports -- United States -- History.
Subjects: Discrimination in sports -- United States -- History
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-345)
ISBN: 9780802120120
ISBN: 0802120121
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Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: 796.357 Dun