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Biz Mackey, a Giant behind the Plate: The Story of the Negro League Star and Hall of Fame Catcher

Biz Mackey, a Giant behind the Plate: The Story of the Negro League Star and Hall of Fame Catcher (Hardback)

By Westcott, Rich

The best all-around catcher in black baseball history -Cumberland Posey, Owner of the Homestead GraysNational Baseball Hall of Fame catcher James Raleigh Biz Mackey's professional career spanned nearly three decades in the Negro Leagues and elsewhere. He distinguished himself as ...a defensive catcher who also had an impressive batting average and later worked as a manager of the Newark Eagles and the Baltimore Elite Giants.Using archival materials and interviews with former Negro League players, baseball historian Rich Westcott chronicles the catcher's life and remarkable career in Biz Mackey, a Giant behind the Plate as well as providing an in-depth look at Philadelphia Negro League history. Westcott traces Mackey's childhood in Texas as the son of sharecroppers to his success on the baseball diamond where he displayed extraordinary defensive skills and an exceptional ability to hit and to handle pitchers. Mackey spent one third of his career playing in Philadelphia, winning championships with the Hilldale Daisies and the Philadelphia Stars. Mackey also mentored famed catcher Roy Campanella and had an unlikely role in the story of baseball's development in Japan.A celebrated ballplayer before African Americans were permitted to join Major League Baseball, Biz Mackey ranks as one of the top catchers ever to play the game. With Biz Mackey, he finally gets the biography he deserves.
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ISBN 9781439915516
Publisher Temple University Press,U.S.
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781439915516
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Temple University Press,U.S.
Imprint Temple University Press,U.S.
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Westcott, Rich
Category Biography & Autobiography: Sport
Local History
Women's Studies
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 137mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code 796.357092
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Catchers Baseball - Biography - United States, Baseball players - Biography - United States, African American baseball players - Biography, Negro leagues - History, Baseball - History - 20th century - United States
NBS Text Biography: Sport
ONIX Text General/trade