Big League Dreams
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Big League Dreams

Baseball Hall of Fame's first African-Canadian, Fergie Jenkins

By Richard Brignall

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This is a history of black major league baseball players and the crumbling of the colour barrier in sport, and the story of how Fergie Jenkins rose to the top to become Canada's first inductee into the American Baseball Hall of Fame.

Fergie Jenkins grew up in the era when Jackie Robinson became the first black man to play major league baseball, and Willie O'Ree became the first black NHL player. Inspired by these professional athletes, and with doors now opening for young men like himself, Fergie went on to have a remarkable career in major league baseball.

Former sports journalist Richard Brignall traces the ups and downs in Fergie's career, from his humble roots in Chatham, Ontario, to his time with the Phillies, the Cubs, the Red Sox, and the Rangers. Along the way, Brignall examines what it meant for a man to be black in the United States versus Canada in the 1960s and 70s.


Short-listed - Golden Oak Award - 2014

Winner - VOYA 2011 Nonfiction Honor List - 2011

Praise for Richard Brignall: "Brignall's text is tightly written, keeping it easy to read, but also giving it a pace that propels the reader through the fascinating story . . ."

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RICHARD BRIGNALL is a journalist from Kenora, Ontario, who has written for such publications as Cottage Life and Outdoor Canada. He was previously the sports reporter for the Kenora Daily Miner and News.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 152 pages
Publication Date: 25th March 2010
ISBN: 9781552774861
Format: 7in x 4.25in
Historic photos

Binding: Hardback, 152 pages
Publication Date: 4th May 2010
ISBN: 9781552774878
Format: 7in x 4.25in
Histoic photos

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 30th October 2013
ISBN: 9781459406155
Format: EPUB
Historic photos

BISAC Code:  JNF053140, JNF054010
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 11 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 4.8
Lexile Reading Level: 770L


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