Beyond the Shadow of the Senators : The Untold Story of the Homestead Grays and the Integration of Baseball

 
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"As thorough a history of a Negro league team as can be culled from the available sources... not just the history of a team but the tale of one city in all its social complexity."

--The New York Times Book Review

An enthralling narrative about a lost era in both baseball and American History, Beyond the Shadow of the Senators reveals the true story of the greatest baseball dynasty most people have never heard of--the Homestead Grays--and how the fight to integrate our national pastime began with this team.

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p>[category] Sports/African American History

"Brad Snyder uncovers a fascinating yet forgotten slice of history with his tale of the struggle for integration in the nation's capital, the heroic black sportswriters who led that crusade, and why their noble efforts ultimately failed."

--USA Today's Sports Weekly

"The story of a noble but heartbreaking team is eloquently told . . ."

--Sacramento Bee

"The Grays, stymied by bigotry, their love for the game overlooked, their skills underappreciated, were a vital force in changing baseball and America. Snyder, at last, gives them the credit they deserve."

--Philadelphia Daily News

Beyond the Shadow of the Senators gracefully reveals the true story behind the Homestead Grays, the greatest baseball team ever forgotten! This bold adventure takes you back to those front lines, where intriguing characters such as journalists Sam Lacy and Wendell Smith fought doggedly for integration; the Negro Leagues' most celebrated sluggers, Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard, gave the major-league superstars a run for their money; and club owner Clark Griffith, mired in prejudice and greed, thwarted integration at every turn.

Through numerous interviews with key players (many now deceased), a treasure trove of archival material, and dozens of unpublished historical photos, the author masterfully pieces together the lost legend of how the fight to integrate baseball really began, bearing witness at last to the greatest legends of black baseball and opening the book on a forgotten chapter in American history.

Brad Snyder's articles on baseball and other subjects have appeared in numerous publications, including the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post, and the St. Petersburg Times. A graduate of Duke University and Yale Law School, he is a lawyer and freelance writer. He lives in Washington, D.C. For more information on this book, visit www.beyondtheshadow.com.

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Brad Snyder's (Washington, DC) articles on baseball and other subjects have appeared in numerous publications, including the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post, and the St. Petersburg Times. B&w photos throughout .

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