Ted Reinstein Author Talk for Juneteenth

image of book cover, titled before brooklyn, with Black baseball players in old fashioned uniforms
Join us Wednesday, June 1st at 7pm in the Hermann meeting room for Ted Reinstein’s author talk!  Ted will be discussing his new book Before Brooklyn: The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball’s Color Barrier.  Registration is required.  Register here or call the Reference Desk at 508-457-2555 x7.
 
“In April of 1945, exactly two years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball, liberal Boston City Councilman Izzy Muchnick persuaded the Red Sox to try out three black players in return for a favorable vote to allow the team to play on Sundays. The Red Sox got the councilman’s much-needed vote, but the tryout was a sham; the three players would get no closer to the major leagues. It was a lost battle in a war that was ultimately won by Robinson in 1947.  This book tells the story of the little-known heroes who fought segregation in baseball, from communist newspaper reporters to the Pullman car porters who saw to it that black newspapers espousing integration in professional sports reached the homes of blacks throughout the country.”
 
Ted Reinstein has been a reporter for “Chronicle,” WCVB-TV/Boston’s award-winning—and America’s longest-running, locally-produced—nightly news magazine since 1997. In addition, he has been a contributor for the station’s political roundtable show and sits on WCVB’s editorial board. He lives just west of Boston with his wife and two daughters. He is also the author of New England Notebook (Globe, 2013) and Wicked Pissed (Globe, 2016).

This author talk is part of Falmouth Public Library’s Juneteenth programming.

This event is free and is sponsored by the Trustees of the Falmouth Public Library.
 
 
 

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