We are the Ship: The story of Negro League Baseball

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We are the Ship: The story of Negro League Baseball


Kadir Nelson

The Book WE ARE THE SHIP The Story of NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL, takes place in the early to mid 1900’s all over the United States, and Latin America.

Direct Quotations from BookQuotation #1: “We were worked. Worked like the mule that plows the field during the week and pulls the carriage to church on Sunday morning."(38).- Satchel Paige Quotation #2: “We cleared the way for them and changed the course of history. And knowing that satisfies the soul. How can you be better about something like that?"(78).

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William Augustus "Gus" Greenlee was born on December 26th, 1893 in Marion, North Carolina and moved to the Hill District of Pittsburgh in 1916. Gus Greenlee ran an illegal bootlegging* business that he operated from his taxi. Because of all the revenue he generated from his illegal operations, “Gus was known as the king of the numbers game in Pittsburgh.” In 1930 Gus Greenlee decided to get into the baseball business. Gus Greenlee was one of the greatest, and most talked about Negro League owners. When Greenlee came into the business he was one of the richest owners, and he used his money wisely. With his money he bought some of the greatest players the negro league had to offer, and turned his team into one of the greatest of all time. It was a team of all-stars. Some of the players included, Satchel Paige (the most famous Negro League pitcher of all time); James “Cool Papa” Bell (the fastest man in all of baseball); and Josh Gibson (the black Babe Ruth). The team was unbeatable! They were unbeatable until Gus Greenlee’s illegally operations got him into some trouble. Someone on the inside of his operation started to report information to the police, and Greenlee ended up on the run. After Greenlee left, his star players did the same. They left to go play baseball in Santo Domingo. It was the end of the mighty Pittsburgh Crawfords. Surprisingly, Greenlee didn't leave baseball forever. In 1943, he made a comeback in alliance with Branch Rickey. They established the United States League in competition with established Negro leagues and operated for two seasons. Greenlee left baseball permanently after 1946, but continued to operate the Crawford Grill until it was destroyed in 1951 by a fire. Greenlee was known as a contributor who helped fellow blacks in his community earn scholarships for schooling and grants to buy homes. Gus Greenlee was a very smart man, who helped baseball develop throughout the years. Bootlegging* - a illegal business, which involves selling alcohol

Biography on Gus Greenlee

Main Charcaters-Andrew “Rube” Foster -Gus Greenlee -Kenesaw Mountain Landis -Satchel Paige -Jackie Robinson -A. B. “Happy” Chandler -Branch Rickey -Moses Fleetwood Walker -James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell

Important Events-February 20th 1920, Negro National League was founded. -October 1929, “Great Depression” starts in the US.-1930, Monarchs are the first team in organized baseball to have a lighting system. -The Second World War started in 1941.-In 1933 the East-West Classic (All Star Game) was founded by Gus Greenbee.-The Negro League disbanded at the end of the 1949 season.-The Negro League officially ended in 1960.

Photograph of Gus Greenlee's 1932 Pittsburgh Crawford's

Click on the Baseball Bat below to see brainframe, comparing and contrasting the Major Leagues and the Negro Leagues

Award-Winnng Author Kadir Nelson






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