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The Kansas City Monarchs

Champions of Black Baseball

Janet Bruce

x, 182 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10
Paper ISBN 978-0-7006-0343-5, $17.95

Book Cover ImageCharter members of the Negro National League, stepping stone for Jackie Robinson, home base for Satchel Paige, and training ground for more than twenty blacks sent to the major leagues, the Kansas City Monarchs survived the entire thirty-five-year span of black baseball (from 1920 to mid 1950) and were widely regarded as the dominant black professional team, "the New York Yankees of the Negro leagues." Rich in anecdote and illustrated with more than ninety photographs of Monarchs players and scenes, this book is both a tribute to and a celebration of the top all-black team of all time.

"The best study of a single black ball club yet written."--Journal of American History

"The Monarchs were stars of the first magnitude, and their story is wonderfully told in this marvelous book."--Library Journal

"The detail is the best about the Negro Leagues existing anywhere."--Donn Rogosin, author of Invisible Men: Life in Baseball's Negro Leagues

"A compelling story. . . . This glimpse into a little-known chapter of America's past is more than a history of the celebrated Monarchs. It is a survey of black baseball from its inception to its demise."--American Historical Review

"Relying not only on oral histories, but also on local newspapers and archival sources, Bruce examines the often talked about, but seldom studied, relationship between team and community. . . . Historians studying any baseball team, black or white, will benefit greatly from this pioneering work."--Jules Tygiel, author of Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy

"Highly recommended."--Sporting News

JANET BRUCE CAMPBELL is Senior Research Manager in Museum Advancement and Excellence at the American Association of Museums in Washington, DC.

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