Chatham Coloured All Stars (Paperback)

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Chatham Coloured All Stars (Paperback)


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The true story of the first Black team to win an Ontario Baseball Amateur Association championship.

The pride of Chatham's East End, the Coloured All-Stars featured a roster of players who drew fans to the field with their high energy, no holds-barred style of play while they confronted challenges both on and off the field. Drawing heavily on scrapbooks, newspaper accounts, and oral histories from members of the team and their families, 1934: The Chatham Coloured All-Stars' Barrier-Breaking Year tells the story of the first Black team to win an Ontario Baseball Amateur Association championship. More than a baseball story, this is a book about a neighbourhood, its citizens, and their pride in an astonishing team. Until recently, this vital story of Canada's racial history and the team's indefatigable spirit was preserved only in family stories, scrapbooks, and ephemera. 1934 introduces readers to these players and to the people who have worked to preserve and celebrate their legacy.

Heidi LM Jacobs is a Librarian at the University of Windsor's Leddy Library. She is part of the research team behind the award-winning Breaking the Colour Barrier: Wilfred 'Boomer' Harding and the Chatham Coloured All-Stars digital project and the co-author of 100 Miles of Baseball: Fifty Games, One Summer (with Dale Jacobs, Biblioasis, 2021). Her novel Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear (NeWest Press, 2019) won the 2020 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour Writing. She cheers for the Detroit Tigers and thinks baseball is best watched from the first base side.
Product Details ISBN: 9781771964777
ISBN-10: 1771964774
Publisher: Biblioasis
Publication Date: May 16th, 2023
Pages: 304
Language: English