Brushing Back Jim Crow: The Integration of Minor-League Baseball in the American South

Brushing Back Jim Crow The Integration of Minor League Baseball in the American South While Jackie Robinson is justly famous for breaking the color line in major league baseball in other young African American players among them Hank Aaron continued to struggle for acceptance o

  • Title: Brushing Back Jim Crow: The Integration of Minor-League Baseball in the American South
  • Author: Bruce Adelson
  • ISBN: 9780813926452
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Paperback
  • While Jackie Robinson is justly famous for breaking the color line in major league baseball in 1947, other young African American players, among them Hank Aaron, continued to struggle for acceptance on southern farm teams well into the 1960s As Bruce Adelson writes, their presence in the South Atlantic, Carolina, and other minor leagues represented not only a quest for inWhile Jackie Robinson is justly famous for breaking the color line in major league baseball in 1947, other young African American players, among them Hank Aaron, continued to struggle for acceptance on southern farm teams well into the 1960s As Bruce Adelson writes, their presence in the South Atlantic, Carolina, and other minor leagues represented not only a quest for individual athletic achievement simply by hitting, fielding, and signing autographs alongside their white teammates, African American ballplayers helped to end segregation in the Jim Crow South.In writing this book, Adelson interviewed dozens of athletes, managers, and sportswriters who witnessed this important but largely unrecognized front in the ongoing civil rights movement When nineteen year old Percy Miller took the field for the Danville Virginia Leafs in 1951, his presence on the roster was not the result of altruism the team s white owners saw attendance flagging and recognized the need for African American fans Two years later, Hank Aaron and his two black teammates for the Milwaukee Braves Jacksonville Florida farm team were regularly greeted by racial invective, even bottles and stones, on the road And Ed Charles endured nine years of discrimination in the southern minor leagues before breaking into the majors and finally winning the World Series with the Mets in 1969.Slowly, through the vehicle of baseball, these African Americans shattered Jim Crow restrictions and met the backlash against Brown v Board of Education while simultaneously challenging long held perceptions of racial inadequacy by performing on the field Brushing Back Jim Crow weaves their firsthand accounts into a narrative that spans the long season of racism in the United States, gripping fans of history and baseball as surely as a pennant or a home run race.

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    1 thought on “Brushing Back Jim Crow: The Integration of Minor-League Baseball in the American South”

    1. Excellent book about the integration of minor league baseball in the South. Adelson details the difficulty Afro-American players faced in becoming pioneers outside the ML spotlight. Segregation in the minors continued in some leagues past 1960 and the suthor does a good job describing the efforts of owners to keep the status quo.

    2. A good book for those interested in either baseball or the civil rights movement. It reminds us that barriers were broken down one person, one city, one day at a time. This book includes a lot of newspaper quotes and player interviews.

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