“What if….” histories stir the imagination, leaving people wondering how their lives could have been different if alternative decisions had been made.
History and sports fans alike will find the “What if….” of the major leagues being integrated long before Jackie Robinson a fascinating option to consider. And how would twenty-one stars of the black baseball team era (Negro Leagues and independent black teams) like to be honored?
At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, Bob May will discuss his acclaimed two-book series, The Best Season – The First Ninety Games (published July 2012) and The Best Season – The Challenging Finish (published August 2017) at the Allen Public Library.
Honoring Black Baseball players through highly sophisticated game simulation and prodigious research, Bob’s books give startling statistics on how baseball could have been different had black players been allowed to participate in major league baseball during its segregated era. Through sophisticated simulated baseball board games, the skills of the batter are pitted against the skills of the pitcher. “The purpose of this two-book series is to honor these twenty-one players from the Negro Leagues on the field,” Bob explains. “They were all so passionate about playing baseball. It is important to me to have people read the books, and share the joy of box seats behind the Black Ball Stars dugout for 165+ games against 375 of the best Major League ballplayers (1881-1987). Talk about it! I also believe the books honor ALL who have played Black Ball.”
Bob May is an author, speaker, and baseball historian. A popular speaker for civic groups, churches and educational institutions, Bob discusses his startling findings and honors Negro League legends.
If you have a friend or family member who was in Negro League Baseball, bring us their story!
Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the program is free. Call 214-509-4911 for more information. The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.