Big League Dreams: Baseball Hall of Fame's First African-Canadian, Fergie Jenkins (Lorimer Recordbooks) (Paperback)

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This is a history of black major league baseball players and the crumbling of the color barrier in sport, and the story of how Fergie Jenkins rose to the top to become Canada's first inductee into the American Baseball Hall of Fame.

Fergie Jenkins grew up in the era when Jackie Robinson became the first black man to play major league baseball, and Willie O'Ree became the first black NHL player. Inspired by these professional athletes, and with doors now opening for young men like himself, Fergie went on to have a remarkable career in major league baseball.

Former sports journalist Richard Brignall traces the ups and downs in Fergie's career, from his humble roots in Chatham, Ontario, to his time with the Phillies, the Cubs, the Red Sox, and the Rangers. Along the way, Brignall examines what it meant for a man to be black in the United States versus Canada in the 1960s and 70s.

About the Author


RICHARD BRIGNALL is a journalist from Kenora, Ontario, who has written for such publications as Cottage Life and Outdoor Canada. He was previously the sports reporter for the Kenora Daily Miner and News.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781552774861
ISBN-10: 1552774864
Publisher: Lorimer Children & Teens
Publication Date: March 25th, 2010
Pages: 152
Language: English
Series: Lorimer Recordbooks