Willie's Boys

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JOHN KLIMA, an award-winning baseball writer, has written for the New York Times, Yahoo! Sports, and Los Angeles Times. His story "Deal of the Century" was selected by David Maraniss to be included in the 2007 edition of Best American Sports Writing. In 2007, he was honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors for column writing. He is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and the Society for American Baseball Research. Visit his websites at www.klimaink.com and www.baseballbeginnings.com.



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The story of Willie Mays's rookie year with the Negro American League's Birmingham Black Barons, the Last Negro World Series, and the making of a baseball legend
Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays is one of baseball's endearing greats, a tremendously talented and charismatic center fielder who hit 660 career homeruns, collected 3,283 hits, knocked in 1,903 runs, won 12 Gold Glove Awards and appeared in 24 All-Star games. But before Mays was the "Say Hey Kid", he was just a boy. Willie's Boys is the story of his remarkable 1948 rookie season with the Negro American League's Birmingham Black Barons, who took a risk on a raw but gifted 16-year-old and gave him the experience, confidence, and connections to escape Birmingham's segregation, navigate baseball's institutional racism, and sign with the New York Giants. Willie's Boys offers a character-rich narrative of the apprenticeship Mays had at the hands of a diverse group of savvy veterans who taught him the ways of the game and the world.

Sheds new light on the virtually unknown beginnings of a baseball great, not available in other books

Captures the first incredible steps of a baseball superstar in his first season with the Negro League's Birmingham Black Barons

Introduces the veteran group of Negro League players, including Piper Davis, who gave Mays an incredible apprenticeship season

Illuminates the Negro League's last days, drawing on in-depth research and interviews with remaining players

Explores the heated rivalry between Mays's Black Barons and Buck O'Neil's Kansas City Monarchs, culminating in the last Negro League World Series

Breaks new historical ground on what led the New York Giants to acquire Mays, and why he didn't sign with the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees, or Boston Red Sox





Packed with stories and insights, Willie's Boys takes you inside an important part of baseball history and the development of one of the all-time greats ever to play the game.

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Titel
Willie's Boys
Untertitel
The 1948 Birmingham Black Barons, the Last Negro League World Series, and the Making of a Baseball Legend
Autor
EAN
9780470400135
ISBN
0470400137
Format
Fester Einband
Herausgeber
Wiley
Anzahl Seiten
320
Gewicht
677g
Größe
H240mm x B161mm x T23mm
Jahr
2009
Untertitel
Englisch
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