In 1947 Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier and became a hero for black and white Americans, yet Robinson was a Negro League player before he integrated Major League baseball. Negro League ballplayers had been thrilling black fans since 1920. Among them were the legendary pitchers Smoky Joe Williams, whose fastball seemed to "come off a mountain top," Satchel Paige, the ageless wonder who pitched for five decades, and such hitters as Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard, "the Ruth and Gehrig of the Negro Leagues." ...

Invisible Men: Life in Baseball's Negro Leagues 2007, Bison Books, Lincoln, NE

ISBN-13: 9780803259690

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Invisible Men: Life in Baseball's Negro Leagues 1995, Kodansha, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9781568360850

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Invisible Men: Life in Baseball's Negro Leagues 1983, Atheneum Books

ISBN-13: 9780689113635

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