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We Are the Ship

The Story Of Negro League Baseball

By Kadir Nelson


"We are the ship; all else the sea."-Rube Foster, founder of the Negro National League

The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field. It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of black America in the first half of the twentieth century. But most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball.

Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. The voice is so authentic, you will feel as if you are sitting on dusty bleachers listening intently to the memories of a man who has known the great ballplayers of that time and shared their experiences. But what makes this book so outstanding are the dozens of full-page and double-page oil paintings-breathtaking in their perspectives, rich in emotion, and created with understanding and affection for these lost heroes of our national game.

We Are the Ship is a tour de force for baseball lovers of all ages.

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ISBN

0786808322


Format: Book
Author: Nelson, Kadir
Summary: 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.
Title: We are the ship : the story of Negro League baseball / words and paintings by Kadir Nelson ; forward by Hank Aaron.
Publisher Date: New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, c2008.
Subject: Negro leagues -- History -- Juvenile literature. African American baseball players -- Juvenile literature. Baseball -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature. Negro leagues -- Juvenile literature. African Americans -- Juvenile literature. Baseball players -- Juvenile literature.
Isbn: 0786808322 (hc.) 0786808322 9780786808328
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 12
System Items Total: 13
Call Number: 796.357 Nel
Oclc: 187095171
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Bib Id: 495471

Format: Book
Author: Nelson, Kadir.
Summary: 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.
Title: We are the ship : the story of Negro League baseball / words and paintings by Kadir Nelson ; forward by Hank Aaron.
Publisher, Date: New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, c2008.
Description: 88 p. : col. ill. ; 29 x 29 cm.
Subjects: Negro leagues -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: African American baseball players -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: Baseball -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: Negro leagues -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: African Americans -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: Baseball players -- Juvenile literature.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 83-86), filmography (p. 83) and index.
LCCN: 2008351768
ISBN: 0786808322 (hc.)
ISBN: 0786808322
ISBN: 9780786808328
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 12
Total Copies: 13
Call Number: 796.357 Nel