Strrr-ike!!: Emmett Ashford, Major League Umpire
As never before, this writing covers the life of Emmett Ashford on his path to becoming the first Black major league umpire. From 1940's Central Avenue high life to Alaska, this book exposes the man off of the field: a purveyor of excellence, a humanitarian, an actor, and a consummate social being. This work uniquely reveals Emmett Ashford's developmental years - even including authentic pages from his middle school composition book. His private life reveals a man who developed relevant skills early in life, a man who was the target of racism and criticism and man who maintained high personal standards of competence throughout his life.
In this writing by Emmett Ashford's daughter, Adrienne, enhances his experience with her personal anecdotes, reactions and observations. This text is written in the first person -encompassing the relationship between father and daughter. "I have a very vivid memory of activities of my father." avers Adrienne. Emmett and Adrienne's lives hold numerous parallels as you will discover upon reading this publication. Adrienne, as her father, firmly believes that dreams can be achieved by acquiring a good foundation, by believing in your dream and by perservering. This book is about success. ... and everyone loves a winner!