Before Brooklyn tells the little-known story of the unsung heroes who helped break baseball’s color barrier. In 1947, Jackie Robinson made history when he became the first black player to play in Major League Baseball (MLB). But Robinson was not alone. Before Brooklyn profiles several lesser-known players—including Hank Thompson and John Wright—who paved the way for Robinson and helped make MLB a more inclusive place for people of all races. Featuring stirring interviews with surviving members of this vanguard, as well as insightful analysis from award-winning sportswriter Ted Reinstein, this book is an essential contribution to understanding America’s favorite pastime.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for baseball fans, history buffs, and anyone who wants to learn more about the important role that lesser-known players played in breaking baseball’s color barrier.
- This book tells the little-known story of the unsung heroes who helped break baseball’s color barrier.
- The author, Ted Reinstein, is a award winning sportswriter which gives this book credibility.
- This would be an excellent addition to any history buff’s shelf!
- The author spends too much time talking about his personal life
- The book is poorly organized
- The writing is dry and unengaging
Learn more about the author
Ted Reinstein is a widely respected journalist and author who has spent more than 25 years reporting on the people, places, and things that make New England unique. He is the recipient of several awards for his work, including two Emmy Awards.
“A superbly written, extensively researched account of the challenges and triumphs of four black players who preceded Jackie Robinson in breaking baseball’s color barrier.”
“Before Brooklyn is a riveting and important read that finally gives the spotlight to the players who helped Jackie Robinson integrate baseball. Drawing on extensive interviews with surviving members of this vanguard, Ted Reinstein has crafted an essential contribution to understanding our national pastime.”
“Before Brooklyn is a well-done history book about the players who helped Jackie Robinson in breaking baseball’s color barrier. It was interesting to read about some of the lesser known people that contributed to this event and it gave me a new appreciation for what they did.”
“This book is a must-read for baseball fans, history buffs, and anyone interested in learning more about the civil rights movement. It’s well written and packed with information.”