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Bud Fowler: Baseball's First Black Professional Paperback – April 18, 2013

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"A very well-researched book that will fill a significant gap." --Peter Morris, author of Game of Inches

About the Author

Jeffrey Michael Laing is a retired English teacher who has published many articles on arts and culture, pedagogy, and sports, especially baseball. He lives and writes in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (April 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786472642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786472642
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,747,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author has done considerable research but has difficulty organizing the fruits of his labor. Much of the book discusses the history of nineteenth century baseball. But Laing doesn't always link Fowler's story to this larger narrative. I recognize that the materials directly relating to Fowler's career are not extensive. But a chronology of Fowler's life and career would have been helpful in making this book more coherent.
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Laings book is superbly researched and, in lieu of personal information regarding Bud Fowler, has comprised a valuable insight into not only professional bseball before the MLB but also makes an important contribution to the plight of African-American players who not only preceeded Jackie Robinson but also helped shape the development and character of the game we know today. Fowler defies all stereotypes of the "Negro League" baseball player that many afficienadoes--regardless of ethnicity--still foster today, but extends the portrait of this pivatol player to recognize Fowler as not just a player but an organizer/manager, promoter and advocate of racial equality in baseball. So little is known of this player's personal life that Laing has presented the available factual information in such a way as to create a most moving and admirable portriat of this great professional player and human being. A must read for all baseball fans.
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I wanted this book because I planned to hear the author speak in Santa Fe -- and because Bud Fowler played briefly here in New Mexico. In conjunction with all the hype about "42," the recently released movie about Jackie Robinson, Bud Fowler went through the same type of abuse when he was playing baseball several decades before Jackie. If you're a baseball die-hard who wants more about the game than who's using 'roids, try this one.
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Perfect gift for baseball loving friends. Fowler's story is interesting and important and the details of baseball history are a treat for lovers of the game.
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