Stars in the Shadows: The Negro League All-Star Game of 1934

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 3, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 112 pages
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Meet Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and other baseball heroes in this unique radio broadcast reenactment of a legendary All-Star Game, marking a pivotal time in sports history.

1934, Chicago. Come step back in time to witness the best of the best Negro League players take each other on in one of the most fascinating All-Star ballgames in American history.

Using a unique radio broadcast transcript, Coretta Scott King Award Winner Charles R. Smith, Jr. has recreated this momentous event with a lively play-by-play retelling of the second annual Negro League East-West Game. Meet legendary players like Satchel Paige, Turkey Stearness, and Cool Pappa Bell, hang in the stands with the fans, and experience this exhilarating untold, true story—with a lyrical twist.

Stars in the Shadows is a must-have for any baseball aficionado or anyone interested in forgotten history. Beautifully packaged and with incredible black-and-white illustrations by Frank Morrison, this is a rare and extraordinary book.

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Review: Stars in the Shadows: The Negro League All-Star Game of 1934

User Review  - Emily Bayci - Goodreads

Reliving the Negro League All Star Game of 1934 with sketch illustrations and a radio broadcast format, told in rhyme with interruptions of commercials and fan conversations. An excellent depiction of ... Read full review

Review: Stars in the Shadows: The Negro League All-Star Game of 1934

User Review  - Ryan Miller - Goodreads

The illustrations are fantastic and the prose from spectators saves this book. Smith's choice to offer play-by-play of this historic game in poetry is distracting--the meter isn't consistent and some ... Read full review


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Charles R. Smith, Jr. is an acclaimed poet and the Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator of My People, a picture book based on the poem by Langston Hughes. He is also the illustrator of If, the author and photographer of I Am the World, and he won the Coretta Scott King Author Honor for his book Twelve Rounds To Glory. He grew up in California and attended the Brooks Institute of Photography. A magazine and book cover photographer in addition to a picture book creator, Charles lives with his wife and kids in Poughkeepsie, New York. Visit him at

Frank Morrison is the award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including Miz Mosetta by Brenda C. Roberts, for which he received the Coretta Scott King /John Steptoe Award for New Talent, Out of the Ball Park by Alex Rodriguez, and Long Shot by Chris Paul. He lives in Georgia with his family.

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