Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience

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May 1 – June 14, 2013

Our opening reception is Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Rochester Public Library is proud to host the traveling exhibition Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience from May 1 – June 14, 2013. This exhibit tells the story of how black baseball players from the late 19th century onward persevered through discrimination to excel at the sport they loved. Our opening reception is Sunday, May 5, 2013.




        

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The Philadelphia Athletics dominated the first fourteen years of the American League, winning six pennants through 1914 under the leadership of their founder and manager, Connie Mack. But beginning in 1915, where volume 2 in Norman L. Macht’s biography picks up the story, Mack’s teams fell from pennant winners to last place and, in an unprecedented reversal of fortunes, stayed there for seven years. World War I robbed baseball of young players, and Mack’s rebuilding efforts using green youngsters of limited ability made his teams the objects of public ridicule. Baseball biographer and historian Macht recreates what may be the most remarkable chapter in this larger-than-life story.

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