By Tom Dunkel
A 2013 CASEY Award Finalist for top Baseball ebook of the Year
When baseball swept the US within the years after the Civil warfare, autonomous, semipro, and municipal leagues sprouted up far and wide. With civic satisfaction at the line, rivalries have been fierce and groups frequently signed ringers to play along the city dentist, assurance salesman, and teenage prodigy. In drought-stricken Bismarck, North Dakota in the course of the nice melancholy, probably the most inconceivable groups within the heritage of baseball used to be assembled through one of many sport’s impossible champions. A decade sooner than Jackie Robinson broke into the most important Leagues, motor vehicle broker Neil Churchill signed the easiest gamers he may locate, despite race, and fielded an built-in squad that took on all comers in remarkable fashion.
Color Blind immerses the reader within the wild and lovely global of early self sustaining baseball, with its difficult festival and its novelty. Dunkel lines the increase of the Bismarck squad, concentrating on the 1935 season and the 1st nationwide Semipro match. this is often an exciting, must-read for a person drawn to the heritage of baseball.
“A story as very good because it is true.”—Boston Globe
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