Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"Our White Boy" relates unique integration experience

When it comes to baseball's racial pioneers, we think of men like Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, and Roy Campanella. Going back even further, Moses Fleetwood Walker played with Toledo in the American Association in 1884. All were African American men who played in what had been exclusively white leagues.

Jerry Craft broke the color barrier moving in the opposite direction. The white, then college student was recruited to pitch for a club in the semi-professional West Texas Colored League in 1959. Craft describes his experiences as the first white man to play in the league in "Our White Boy," which he wrote with Kathleen Sullivan. Though he didn't set out to be a pioneer, his experiences are still noteworthy 50 years later. My full review is now available on BaseballAmerica.com.

1 comment:

  1. finally got around to reading this post. fascinating. excellent idea to keep this story alive. loved the part where he autographs a ball for the first time ever. thank you!

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