About the Exhibit
“Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience,” an exciting new traveling exhibition opening at Georgia Regents University’s Reese Library on Friday, January 18, examines the challenges faced by African-American baseball players as they sought equal opportunities in their sport beginning in the post-Civil War era.
All events are free and opened to the public.
Georgia Regents University
2500 Walton Way
The Pittsburgh Crawfords in front of their team bus at Greenlee Field, Pittsburgh, 1935
Courtesy of National Baseball Hall of Fame Library
Just Arrived: Books
Through dogged research and extensive interviews, award-winning author and journalist Larry Tye has tracked down the truth about this majestic and enigmatic pitcher. Here is the stirring account of the child born to a poor Alabama washerwoman, the boy who earned his nickname from his enterprising work as a railroad porter, and the young man who took up baseball on the streets and in reform school before becoming the superstar hurler of the Negro Leagues.
In unprecedented detail, Tye reveals how Paige, hurt and angry when Jackie Robinson beat him in breaking the Majors’ color barrier, emerged at the improbable age of forty-two to help propel the Cleveland Indians to the World Series. (“Age is a case of mind over matter,” he said. “If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.”)
Not only a story of Manley’s influence on the baseball world, The Most Famous Woman in Baseball vividly documents her social activism. Her life played out against the backdrop of the Jim Crow years, when discrimination forced most of Newark’s blacks to live in the Third Ward, where prostitution flourished, housing was among the nation’s worst, and only menial jobs were available. Manley and the Eagles gave African Americans a haven, Ruppert Stadium. She also proposed reforms at the Negro leagues’ team owners’ meetings, marched on picket lines, sponsored charity balls and benefit games, and collected money for the NAACP.