We are the Ship: the story of Negro League baseball by Kadir Nelson. 90 p. Disney-Hyperion, January, 2008. 9780786808328. (own)
#tbt features We are the Ship: the history of Negro League Baseball written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Nelson, a multiple award-winning illustrator made his authorial debut with this stunning book. It was published in 2008 and won Nelson not only a Sibert Medal but both a Coretta Scott King Author and Ilustrator award! It is oversized and generously as well as gorgeously illustrated with full- and double-page spreads that leap to life. The narrator is "Everyman." In conversational tone, Everyman relates the history of the league, which started in the 1920s and ended shortly after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. These players were playing for the love of the game, not for the money. He tells of famous players like Satchel Paige as well as players who didn't achieve his fame. He also speaks to the racism that caused baseball to be segregated as well as the racism they faced while traveling to play the game they all loved. We are the Ship is a must-read for anyone, but especially anyone who considers themself a baseball fan.