Whatever your chosen avenue of reading is, there are always books that are considered classics. Almost all baseball books do not fall into the category of great examples of classic American literature. Once in a great while you will find some baseball books that baseball fans will consider a must read. Ball Four and Veeck as in Wreck are two that come to mind for me that every fan should read. I am sure if you ask 100 different fans you will get 100 different answers as well. Nonetheless, there are some books that every fan should read, if for nothing more than the historical value they provide to the reader. Today’s book is one of those.
Originally published in 1976, Negro Baseball……Before Integration is a great history lesson. In the generation before the internet brought the world to our fingertips, this book brought us back to a long ago time and told us how it really was.
Written basically in a first person account, Effa Manley walks you through what transpired during the life of the entire league. It shows the ups and downs and the monumental moments that occurred throughout the league. You also got an idea of what the leagues overall general health was like and the way the league ultimately folded after the integration of Major League Baseball. It truly gives a first hand account of the league and what ultimately transpired.
This book is an important one in each fans library. It is a good account of what transpired in America in a totally different era, but is something that should never be lost to the ages. I have always said knowledge is power, and as fans it is our duty to learn as much as we can about the game. With that knowledge, it allows fans to keep the by-gone eras alive and well for future generations.
You can get this book from the nice folks at St Johann Press