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- DescriptionWilmer Fields was a superstar in the Negro Leagues, back when baseball was segregated. After Jackie Robinson broke the color line (as shown in this year's hit film, 42 ), Fields received five different offers to join white teams. But he loved the Negro Leagues and never left. After his retirement, he fought to get the Negro League players covered by Major League Baseball's pension and health care benefits. This new edition of Fields' memoir, with an introduction by baseball historian John Holway, features a new interview with Fields' son, Billy, who had his own professional sports career in basketball. Fields tells the story of the dream come true that allowed a black country boy from Virginia to play the game he loved with teammates he admired and trusted. Fields tells his story, from college football to military service in WWII to hitting .427 in 1956 and being hored as one of the Black legends of baseball in 1990. He writes about players like the legendary Josh Gibson and Sam Hairston, who became a White Sox manager. He writes about the game itself, the qualities that make a team and the dedication that makes a world-class athlete, and about the loving support he received from his parents and his wife. If someone asked me today if I regretted t accepting a major league contract, I would have to say - though the money sure is tempting - because I was meant to have a career in the Negro Leagues. While it is the desire of most ball players to play in the major leagues because it says, I am a success - I play against the best, it was never my desire. When I was young, I prayed that God would give me the ability to play black baseball, and for that gift I am most grateful. I also got to play against major leaguers in Latin American countries and Canada so I never doubted that I could play against them because I did, and quite well, in fact.
- Author BiographyWilmer Fields was a pitcher and third baseman in baseball's Negro Leagues. He was part of eight championship teams and was selected as Most Valuable Player an unprecedented eight times in various baseball leagues.
- Author(s)Wilmer Fields
- PublisherMiniver Press
- Date of Publication16/06/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectAutobiography: General
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMiniver Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight159 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine6 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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