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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

Scritto da Kadir Nelson

Narrato da Dion Graham


We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

Scritto da Kadir Nelson

Narrato da Dion Graham

valutazioni:
4.5/5 (35 valutazioni)
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1 ora
Pubblicato:
Jan 30, 2009
ISBN:
9781423375401
Formato:
Audiolibro

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The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field. It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of black America in the first half of the twentieth century. But most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball.

Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. The voice is so authentic, you will feel as if you are sitting on dusty bleachers listening intently to the memories of a man who has known the great ballplayers of that time and shared their experiences.

We Are the Ship is a tour de force for baseball lovers of all ages.

Winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award 2009-author award and illustrator honor; Winner of the Sibert Medal Home Page Award 2009

Pubblicato:
Jan 30, 2009
ISBN:
9781423375401
Formato:
Audiolibro


Informazioni sull'autore

Kadir Nelson is a two-time Caldecott Honor recipient. Among his other awards are an NAACP Image Award, and the 2009 and 2014 Coretta Scott King Author Award. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and The New Yorker. He lives in Los Angeles, CA. www.kadirnelson.com Twitter: @kadirnelson Instagram:@kadirnelson

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  • (3/5)
    A great non fiction novel that highlights some of the negro league's greatest players . It is a solid depiction of the life a playerisn this league including some o fthe struggles faced by these players. It provides a solid hostorical framework to undertanding this league and the groundwork that occurred to integrate the sport. Good illustrtaions and informative text.
  • (4/5)
    5Q 4PThis book could stand alone on the stunning illustrations of some of the greatest players from Negro League Baseball. Such grand and masterfully rendered portraits set a powerful tone. The history of Negro League Baseball is communicated as though you are chatting with the legends themselves which allows you to become immersed in such a fascinating facet of sports history. Nelson's writing and work greatly honors this beloved American past time.
  • (3/5)
    My VOYA ratings: 5Q, 3P"We Are the Ship" is a beautifully done book about a slice of American history not many are likely to know much about. I especially loved the rich, thoughtful illustrations; I think they make the book. The story of the Negro Leagues is one I wasn't very familiar with, and so it was cool to learn more about the history of the League and its players. Nelson's conversational narrative is very interesting and adds a lot to the book in terms of style and feel; you're almost transported back to a specific time and place along with him.That said, at times the book felt a bit like a list of past players (yawn), and although I appreciate the author's mission to ensure their recognition, I'm not sure teens will be interested enough without some pushing to pick up this book. Still, very well done.
  • (3/5)
    3Q, 4PNelson writes a history of Negro League Baseball beginning in the 1920s and then ending with the integration of African-American players into the Majors in the late 40's. As someone who isn't a baseball fanatic, I did appreciate the nostalgia elicited for this time in American history when the magic of baseball united our war-torn country. I also appreciated the tales of hardships endured by the players and their steadfast determination to emerge from racist culture. Most of all, I appreciated the provocative, oil-painted illustrations.
  • (5/5)
    This is great book and it talks about my favorite sports heros Jackie Robinson.. All of the pictures truly explain who Jackie Robinson was. I would definantly read this book to teach them about the first black baseball athlete.
  • (4/5)
    Kadir Nelson uses a first-person, "everyman" narrator to tell the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its decline after Jackie Robinson moved to the majors in 1947. Nelson accompanies his informational text with dozens of full-page and double-page oil paintings. Each illustration captures the strength and determination of the men who fought against all odds, including discrimination and prejudice, to achieve greatness.
  • (5/5)
    I gave this book five stars for the rich, emotional and gorgeous illustrations and for Kadir's affectionate view of baseball.
  • (5/5)
    To quote Hank Aaron, "Kadir's powerful paintings eloquently bring this era to life and speak volumes about the old Negro Leagues." I had no idea I knew so little about the baseball history of black America until I read this book. I loved all the anecdotal history which brought this era to life so vividly and unforgettably. This is one of those books you want to keep forever yourself and pass down to your children and grandchildren. Highly Recommended!
  • (4/5)
    I am not really a baseball fan, but this book still kept my attention. The illustrations were really neat and made it feel like they were photographs or actual stills from what was really happening which was nice, but weren't completely my favorite style. The narrator's tone of voice was very conversational and made it also come alive. He told the story of the Negro Leagues from their beginnings to their end. I enjoyed it and thought it would be a great book for a unit on multiculturalism or history.
  • (5/5)
    This was an interesting book. It talks about African Americans and their start up in major league baseball. It touched on a lot of different things such as how it came about, the struggles faced, the good and th bad. This story caught my eye because it's something that interests me. I'm from Philadelphia and we have always dedicated a lot of time to learning about the the past, present, and future of Black History. I also played Softball for 12 years so I shared a common interest.
  • (5/5)
    Through the perspective of the players, this book tells the lesser know stories of the members of the negro baseball leagues from the 1920's to 1947. A fantastic story with illustrations to match. A pleasure to read and look at.
  • (5/5)
    Kadir Nelson, through interviews with some of the Negro League greats, has put together a wonderful book about the Negro Leagues. It tells the story of many of the players, some of whom went on to stardom in the Major Leagues. It tells of the prejudice exhibited to many of the players by whites, while at the same time they crowded the stadiums to watch them play. It also tells of some comraderie between white and black players.For anyone interested in baseball, Majors, Minors, Negro League, etc, this is a must read. The history of baseball is incomplete without understanding the Negro League.
  • (5/5)
    5Q4P- Kadir Nelson relates the story of the negro baseballs leagues, from inception to demise in easy to understand yet detailed prose. Full pages packed with small print text are faced with full page illustrations. As per usual, Nelson's paintings are vivid and atmospheric, true works of art that perfectly accompany the text.- Recommended for ages 8- 13.- Not explained by radical change.
  • (5/5)
    Coretta Scott King Award, 2009. Available in hardcover or Audio, CD, Audiobook, CD, Unabridged; and on MP3 CD, MP3 Audio, Unabridged; a Preloaded Digital Audio Player; and audio download. Book contains over 40 oil paintings! Each painting depicts the individual as unique as the player featured in it.
  • (3/5)
    This book is a wonderfully illustrated history of the Negro Baseball League. The title refers to a quote from the league owner who said once, referring to the fledgling league, "We are the ship; all else the sea." Many well known and not so well known stars of the major leagues had their careers start in the Negro League, during the first half of the twentieth century. The gameplay was very different, as outfielders would perform vaudeville acts and pitchers would play as dirty as they could. While attempting to make their league look professional enough for fans to be interested, they delighted in being down-to-earth agile athletes that loved the game so much that they would play pickup games against anyone with a full set of players and a pulse. That's not to say they weren't any good. They broke even or better playing against the Major Leaguers, pitching faster, running faster, hitting harder, and playing smarter. The reader is introduced to the famous Jackie Robinson, but also to the stars of the Negro League like Leroy "Satchel" Paige and James "Cool Papa" Bell. Grades 3-8. Appeal - wide. Group read-aloud. Strengths - rich illustrations, interesting conversational style text, anecdotalweaknesses - none
  • (5/5)
    Fabulous book about the history of Negro baseball. Illustrations are absolutely breath taking. Kadir Nelson is so talented. This book would be a little long to read in a classroom but I could see segments of it being incorporated into specific lessons.
  • (5/5)
    This is a story of the Negro Baseball League. It tells of the athletes and their stories. There is discrimination, segregation, and the affects of these conditions on these men who wanted to play baseball. The author shares the rich history of the league from the 1920's through it's eventual decline. The reader can get to know some of these great players.
  • (5/5)
    Wrtten in a clever manner in that the chapters are not really chapters, but innings. Each focuses on a player in the Negro league and the impact on baseball. Overall it shows the love of the American past time, baseball although segregation, bigotry and differences are addressed.
  • (5/5)
    Richie's Picks: WE ARE THE SHIP: THE STORY OF NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL by Kadir Nelson, Hyperion/Jump at the Sun, January 2008, 88p., ISBN: 0-7868-0832-2 "We didn't really know how rough it was in the Negro Leagues until some of our guys went up to the majors. Play was a lot 'nicer' there. In our league, everything was legal. We would do whatever it took to win. Pitchers threw anything and everything. Spitters, shine-balls, emery balls, cut balls -- you name it. They cut that ball to pieces and had curveballs breaking about six feet! Throw a new white ball to the pitcher, and it would come back brown from all the tobacco juice and what-have-you. You never knew what the ball was going to do once it left the pitcher's hand. And throwing at the batter was common. The pitcher would knock you down just to mess with your head. Look up at the umpire, and he'd just say. 'Get up and play ball, son.' That's why the batting helmet was invented. When Willie Wells was just a rookie, he found the ball was making its way toward his head a little more often than he liked, so he decided to wear an old miner's helmet when he stepped up to the plate. Boy, did they laugh at him! But today, you won't find a ballgame played without batting helmets." A lot of hurt resulted from the evils of segregation in America. But when it came to so-called "black" music and "white" music, wasn't it ignorant whites who got the short end of the stick if they failed to experience the music being created by Black Americans whether it be the musicians of the Harlem Renaissance or Marian Anderson or 'Train and Miles or the stars of Motown or George Clinton or Tupac? "Oscar Charleston was a mean son-of-a-gun. He would just about go looking for trouble. One time he snatched the hood off a Ku Klux Klansman." Sure, there were a host of indignities experienced by the black Americans who took the field in Negro League Baseball and then had to find places to eat, sleep, shower, and pee. Kadir Nelson does an excellent job of illuminating those difficulties. But after reading WE ARE THE SHIP, there is no doubt that -- just as with the music -- those who wasted opportunities to experience Negro League Baseball were the ones who was poorer for it. WE ARE THE SHIP is a raucous, joyous, visual and textual celebration of Negro League Baseball that will leave its readers wishing that there was a stash of vintage film somewhere that we might all have a chance to view the long-ago hijinks and incredible skills of black ballplayers who were every bit as good and better than the white guys in the so-called major leagues. America did belatedly got a look at a number of veteran Negro League stars who were eventually permitted to join the majors. Unfortunately, in contrast to the few like Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella who got to spend many of their prime years in the majors, the majority of the stars whom we meet in WE ARE THE SHIP were either too old to follow Jackie there or merely got to play out their final years, long beyond their best seasons and the heroics (and antics) that Kadir Nelson speaks of here. "Umpiring wasn't always that great, either. Some of those guys wouldn't have known a strike from their left foot. At one time, the league had official umpires, but they couldn't travel with the teams. It was too expensive. A few of the umpires were former players. Pop Lloyd and Wilber 'Bullet' Rogan used to ump later on in their careers. Those guys were tough. They had to be, with guys like Oscar Charleston and Jud Wilson in the league. At one game in Kansas City, there were three umpires. Rogan was behind home plate, and the other two were at first and third. A play took place at third base, and Rogan ran down the line. He called the man out, and the base umpire called him safe. They started to argue and got into a fight. Bullet Rogan pulled out a knife, and the other guy panicked and took off running toward the center-field fence and climbed over it. The next day it was in the papers. Rogan had a bad temper. We wouldn't argue too much with him about balls and strikes. Whatever he called you, you would just let it go. He was old, but he'd fight you anyway. Some guys even played with a gun in their uniforms. It was a rough league." Sure, I, myself, had read some book about the Negro Leagues back when I was a kid. I knew the names of Sachel Page and Josh Gibson. But Kadir Nelson truly brings the wild scene to life. WE ARE THE SHIP is a celebration that you must not miss.
  • (5/5)
    I don't know which I enjoyed more in this book, the evocative voice, or the vivid artwork. Nelson chose to tell the story of Nego league baseball using an every-player voice, instead of a dry history you're listening to a player telling stories about the people he met and things he saw while playing with the legends of the Negro league.But the paintings have such a sense of richness and personality - even in team portraits individuals jump off the page with liveliness.I'd give this book to someone interested in baseball, civil rights, or art.
  • (5/5)
    Kadir Nelson's paintings are absolutely breathtaking and make this book a must-have for any school library. Nelson's comprehensive account of Negro League Baseball tells the tales of the major players as well as the lesser known ones. This would be a great resource for units on civil rights, black history, or even during gym class! The stories are relatively short, so a students could read one in a class period. The themes of discrimination, overcoming obstacles, teamwork, and the love of the game resonate throughout. The images will hook the kids and the stories will keep them there.
  • (5/5)
    If you have ever watched Ken Burns' landmark documentary, Baseball, then you will have heard of the Negro Leagues. In fact, it was Burns' documentary that inspired author and artist, Kadir Nelson, to create We are the Ship, to document the rise and fall of America's all-black baseball league.The story is told, appropriately, not in chapters, but in "innings," beginning with the exclusion of blacks from major league baseball and ending with the bittersweet success of Jackie Robinson - bittersweet because while it opened baseball to other black players, it also signaled the death knell of the Negro Leagues.The Negro League teams had more than just colorful baseball players, they had a colorful style of play - faster, looser and more inventive than that of MLB. "There was a catcher, Chappy Gray, who used to catch Satchel when he was in his prime. One time they were playing in Enid, Oklahoma. By the time the game got up into late innings, it started to get kinda dark. So Chappy told Satchel, 'Hey, Satchel, you got two strikes on this hitter. Man, you throwin' the ball so hard, I can't see it too well and I don't want to break my finger. I'll tell you what you do. You wind up like you are going to throw the ball and I'll hit my fist in my mitt, make it sound like it's the ball. Man, nobody'll know the difference. ... Satchel said, 'Okay, I'll do that.' So he went back out there and he wound up and came down with that long stride, big follow-through. Chappy hit his fist in his mitt, and the umpire yelled, 'Strike three!' That hitter was so mad, he threw his bat down. He yelled at the umpire, 'You blind, Tom?! Anybody who could see knows that ball was high and outside!'"The chapters, or "innings" are each compelling parts of the whole game, seamlessly weaving history, baseball and personalities. Although segregation is a great part of the Negro League story, We are the Ship is an uplifting book, highlighting a love of baseball and a can-do spirit.Nelson's paintings are beautiful and lifelike depictions of a bygone era and some of baseball's greatest players. There is a double-spread foldout depicting the first Colored World Series in 1924.The book concludes with Negro Leaguers Who Made it to the Major Leagues (count Hank Aaron among these!), Negro Leaguers in the National Baseball Hall of Fame (including Satchel Paige and Smokey Joe Williams), an Author's Note, Acknowledgments, Bibliography, Filmography, Endnotes and Index.My only complaint with this book was the author's stated choice to write the story in the collective "we" voice. It helps to place the reader firmly inside the story, however, as a history buff and baseball fan, I spent the entire book wondering "who" was speaking. Only in the Author's Note did I discover that, although a true story, the "voice" is a fictional "we." This minor complaint will probably go unnoticed by most readers however, and certainly does not detract from the story.This picture book for older readers is highly recommended.
  • (5/5)
    This history of Negro League Baseball is told from an anonymous "Everyman" perspective and details the beginnings of the league in the 1920s through its end in the late 1940s when Jackie Robinson crossed over to the Major League. The artistry of the book is absolutely incredible. The illustrations are oil paintings and contain exquisite detail. The book also contains biographical information on all of the significant figures from the League.In addition to the paintings, the book itself is quite aesthetically pleasing. Nelson incorporates significant quotations in creative ways. The style of the book includes a variety of page layouts, including a particularly wonderful fold-out of a ticket from the first World Series that opens to a detailed portrait of the players on both teams.The book is written for middle school students and above. It is long and not designed to be read aloud as a picture book.Highly recommended for elementary, middle, and high school libraries.
  • (3/5)
    This beautifully illustrated book chronicles the rise and fall of Negro League Baseball. Full-page paintings give you a real look at some of the most talented baseball players of their time (and possibly of any time). The writing is also awesome. Using a collective "we", Kadir Nelson speaks with the voice of all Negro League players, like he's been there and seen everything that he talks about. He uses a very conversational tone, like you were sitting on the back porch with any one of the players and talking about the things he'd seen. Unfortunately, many of the Negro League players seem to have been lost over the passage of time. That makes this a very important book, a look at a neglected history. And that's why it surprised me so much that the women who played in the Negro League were not mentioned at all. I would have given this book a much higher rating, but it seems a glaring omission to me. Albeit, most of the action wraps up around 1945 when Jackie Robinson signed with the Major Leagues. And Mamie Johnson, Toni Stone, and Connie Morgan didn't join the league until somewhere around 1953. But it still seems like Nelson is doing to the women players what white people did to the African-American players... by neglecting to mention them, he's effectively erasing them from history. The subtitle of the book proclaims it to be "the story of Negro League Baseball". Why aren't women a part of that story?
  • (5/5)
    As the major leagues open their seasons again this week, this book renews our faith in the poetry of the game, the beauty of the players, and the vitality and fervent dedication of the fan. An unforgettable book. An introduction or reminder of the greatest names in baseball and their part in the struggle that continues for equality and human dignity in our day. The art is stunning, an exhibition in a book. Thank You, Kadir.
  • (5/5)
    Beautifully told and illustrated part of baseball history
  • (5/5)
    Kadir Nelson's rich paintings draw you into the ballfields of yesterday; the players he depicts exude strength and dignity. As the narrator describes the high and lowlights of Negro League Baseball, you can't help but wonder how much richer the sport would be if society had been more enlightened.

    2/2010 Listened to the audiobook narrated by Dion Graham. As the voice of the Everyman ballplayer, the Graham's narration spools as smoothly and warmly as an elder recalling stories from back in the day.
  • (5/5)
    We Are the ship is an absolute fantastic story. The writing is so engaging and descriptive. In the first paragraph it says, "We made baseballs out of old rags or balled-up tin cans, and we played with broomsticks for bats and hit bottle tops for practice." This sentence is so powerful. It shows the background of these players and how far they have come from hitting bottle tops in their backyards. I also liked how descriptive this sentence was. It was easy for me to picture what was happening. I also thought the pictures were really great. They are also very interactive. There are a couple of pages in the middle of the book that fold out to show the entire baseball team. I also really liked how the illustrations almost looked like paintings. I also liked the use of language. The author used words like fastball and curveball to describe the pitchers throw and I thought that was obviously great terminology for a book about baseball. Overall, I think this is a fantastic book and anyone who is interested in history or baseball should definitely read this. I think the big idea in this story was to educate readers on racial discrimination and the things that African American baseball players went through to be even considered baseball players. I also think the author wanted to show what it took for these baseball players to overcome segregation in order to play the one sport that they love.
  • (5/5)
    Coretta Scott King Award for author and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. Kadir Nelson's emotional text and pictures tell the story of the Negro League baseball from it's beginnings in 1920 to it's decline in 1947 when Jackie Robinson went to the majors.
  • (5/5)
    This book was amazing! The way it was written as if there was one guy telling the story of when he played captivated me. The facts and names he brought out were amazing. He even pointed out the extreme negatives (both from segregation and from Negro League team owners taking advantage of their players) judicially and with no need to hide their actions. They were just presented as a fact of the time. After reading how Kadir Nelson tried to be faithful to his paintings, but couldn't always because of the lack of pictures or even accurate written descriptions of people and places he sometimes had to guess, I love the paintings even more. They are beautiful and look like they could be pictures on baseball cards I collected growing up. Naturally a perfect design idea for a book on baseball. The way this book teaches about baseball and racial segregation seamlessly is stunning. I would read this book in class to my students and we would talk about it.