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Southern League - A True Story of Baseball, Civil Rights, and the Deep South's Most Compelling Pennant Race-logo

Southern League - A True Story of Baseball, Civil Rights, and the Deep South's Most Compelling Pennant Race

Larry Colton

"Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States. Its ugly record of brutality is widely known. Negroes have experienced grossly unjust treatment in the courts. There have been more unsolved bombings in Negro homes and churches in Birmingham than in any other city in the nation." Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from a Birmingham Jail 1963 Anybody who is familiar with the Civil Rights movement knows that 1964 was a pivotal year. And in Birmingham, Alabama - perhaps the epicenter of racial conflict - the Barons amazingly started their season with an integrated team. Johnny "Blue Moon" Odom, a talented pitcher and Tommie Reynolds, an outfielder - both young black ballplayers with dreams of playing someday in the big leagues, along with Bert Campaneris, a dark-skinned shortstop from Cuba, all found themselves in this simmering cauldron of a minor league town, all playing for Heywood Sullivan, a white former major leaguer who grew up just down the road in Dothan, Alabama. Colton traces the entire season, writing about the extraordinary relationships among these players with Sullivan, and Colton tells their story by capturing the essence of Birmingham and its citizens during this tumultuous year. (The infamous Bull Connor, for example, when not ordering blacks to be blasted by powerful water hoses, is a fervent follower of the Barons and served as a long-time broadcaster of their games.) By all accounts, the racial jeers and taunts that rained down upon these Birmingham players were much worse than anything that Jackie Robinson ever endured. More than a story about baseball, this is a true accounting of life in a different time and clearly a different place. Seventeen years after Jackie Robinson had broken the color line in the major leagues, Birmingham was exploding in race riots....and now, they were going to have their very first integrated sports team. This is a story that has never been told.

"Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States. Its ugly record of brutality is widely known. Negroes have experienced grossly unjust treatment in the courts. There have been more unsolved bombings in Negro homes and churches in Birmingham than in any other city in the nation." Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from a Birmingham Jail 1963 Anybody who is familiar with the Civil Rights movement knows that 1964 was a pivotal year. And in Birmingham, Alabama - perhaps the epicenter of racial conflict - the Barons amazingly started their season with an integrated team. Johnny "Blue Moon" Odom, a talented pitcher and Tommie Reynolds, an outfielder - both young black ballplayers with dreams of playing someday in the big leagues, along with Bert Campaneris, a dark-skinned shortstop from Cuba, all found themselves in this simmering cauldron of a minor league town, all playing for Heywood Sullivan, a white former major leaguer who grew up just down the road in Dothan, Alabama. Colton traces the entire season, writing about the extraordinary relationships among these players with Sullivan, and Colton tells their story by capturing the essence of Birmingham and its citizens during this tumultuous year. (The infamous Bull Connor, for example, when not ordering blacks to be blasted by powerful water hoses, is a fervent follower of the Barons and served as a long-time broadcaster of their games.) By all accounts, the racial jeers and taunts that rained down upon these Birmingham players were much worse than anything that Jackie Robinson ever endured. More than a story about baseball, this is a true accounting of life in a different time and clearly a different place. Seventeen years after Jackie Robinson had broken the color line in the major leagues, Birmingham was exploding in race riots....and now, they were going to have their very first integrated sports team. This is a story that has never been told.
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"Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States. Its ugly record of brutality is widely known. Negroes have experienced grossly unjust treatment in the courts. There have been more unsolved bombings in Negro homes and churches in Birmingham than in any other city in the nation." Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from a Birmingham Jail 1963 Anybody who is familiar with the Civil Rights movement knows that 1964 was a pivotal year. And in Birmingham, Alabama - perhaps the epicenter of racial conflict - the Barons amazingly started their season with an integrated team. Johnny "Blue Moon" Odom, a talented pitcher and Tommie Reynolds, an outfielder - both young black ballplayers with dreams of playing someday in the big leagues, along with Bert Campaneris, a dark-skinned shortstop from Cuba, all found themselves in this simmering cauldron of a minor league town, all playing for Heywood Sullivan, a white former major leaguer who grew up just down the road in Dothan, Alabama. Colton traces the entire season, writing about the extraordinary relationships among these players with Sullivan, and Colton tells their story by capturing the essence of Birmingham and its citizens during this tumultuous year. (The infamous Bull Connor, for example, when not ordering blacks to be blasted by powerful water hoses, is a fervent follower of the Barons and served as a long-time broadcaster of their games.) By all accounts, the racial jeers and taunts that rained down upon these Birmingham players were much worse than anything that Jackie Robinson ever endured. More than a story about baseball, this is a true accounting of life in a different time and clearly a different place. Seventeen years after Jackie Robinson had broken the color line in the major leagues, Birmingham was exploding in race riots....and now, they were going to have their very first integrated sports team. This is a story that has never been told.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Fleet Cooper

Length:

12h 2m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:52


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:35


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:34


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

10:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

12:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

13:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:32


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

14:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

17:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:58


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

12:45


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:08


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:27


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

12:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

10:48


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

11:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:48


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:30


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

14:31


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:15


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:39


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

14:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:51


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

14:19


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:44


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:31


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

10:11


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

15:40


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:59


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

16:07


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

10:37


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

12:34


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

10:28


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

13:52


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:46


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:25


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:47


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

13:08


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

16:23


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:20


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

10:34


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:34


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

10:47


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:10


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:03


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

41:44


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:00