Friday, December 7, 2007

Shades of Glory by Lawrence Hogan

I am currently reading a book entitled Shades of Glory by Lawrence Hogan and the very informative forward is written by Jules Tygiel.

A little piece of Tygiel's forward goes like this...'when clubs started signing players from Cuba and other interracial baseball-playing societies of the Caribbean, they sought assurances that these players had pure Caucasian blood in their veins. However, as the number of "white" Latino ballplayers grew in the 1920s and 1930s, some appeared in both the major leagues and the Negro leagues, prompting sportswriter, Red Smith, to speculate that perhaps "there was a Senegambian somewhere in the Cuban batpile."

This book is very informative and acknowledges all of those people who have opened the doors for all to participate in this great game. It is a must read.

Kevin Marquez