Dimensions: 96 pages, 4.46 × 4.53 × 0.2 in
Published: January 8, 2008
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0786808322
ISBN - 13: 9780786808328
From the Publisher
"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 Shipis a
tour de force for baseball lovers of all ages.
About the Author
Kadir Nelson''s paintings have been exhibited in many galleries and museums around the world, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Museum of Tolerance, and the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences in Los Angeles; the Museum of African American History in Detroit; the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum in Washington D.C.; and the Society of Illustrators and the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, as well as many others.