Here's to You, Jackie Robinson: The Legend of the Prichard Mohawks

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MacAdam/Cage Publishing, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 303 pages
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In March of 1948, Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers came to Mobile, Alabama, on a whistle stop tour to play an unremarkable exhibition game that had remarkable consequences for the city, the black community, and for baseball itself. Thrilled to see the man who broke major league baseball's color barrier, Robinson's brief appearance fueled a passion for the game among the city's black population. One man, however, saw more than just excitement for a sport. Thirty-year-old Jesse Norwood saw a way to help the kids who would congregate beyond his stoop, lost and hopeless in the segregated South of the 1950s. Though having no baseball experience at any level, he realized he could take the model of the game and build it into a sense of dignity and pride. Here's to You, Jackie Robinson: the Legend of the Prichard Mohawks is the story of a man who transformed a gang of scrawny youngsters into both a team and a genuine force in the community. Norwood emerges as a figure worthy of legend, and his legacy can still be felt today. With a novelist's gift for storytelling, Formichella breathes life into a South long gone and creates a hero's story, sometimes heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking, that begins in a sandlot and ends in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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From the mid-1950s to the late-'60s, the all-black Prichard Mohawks from Mobile, Ala., played amateur baseball in the South. The team was started by local businessman Jesse Norwood to keep ... Read full review

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Great read!!! Thanks Mr Formichella for painting such a vivid picture of the game through Southern eyes! I'm excited to be reunited with stories of my Awesome Grandfather, Willie "Sleepy" Burns!

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Joe Formichella is a Hackney Literary Award winner and Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in Grassland Review, Red Bluff Review, and anthologized in Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe II and Climbing Mt. Cheaha. He is the author of The Wreck of the Twilight Limited, a novel, and Here's to You, Jackie Robinson, an historical account of the all-black Prichard Mohawks, an amateur baseball team formed in the 1950s, that shows how those young players succeeded despite the degradations and persecutions of the Jim Crow South. He lives in Fairhope, Alabama.

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