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Our White Boy (cloth)
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Our White Boy (cloth)

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Sports history / Baseball
272 pages | 6 x 9 | cloth
20 b/w photos
Sport in the American West
Published 2/ 2010
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In the Jim Crow South, an inspiring story of “Jackie Robinson in reverse”

Our White Boy (cloth)

Jerry Craft, with Kathleen Sullivan; foreword by Larry Lester

“Our White Boy may be the most provocative eyewitness account of true southern racial animosity in Texas sports history during the civil rights era, told from a white man’s perspective. . . . For two dollars, any Texan could see this vanilla drop in a sea of chocolate pitch like the mound master he was. . . . Outs and hits had no color on the scoreboard.” —Larry Lester, from the foreword

“Jerry Craft has given us an engaging and finally touching book. It is a story of racial harmony in an era of racial distrust. I highly recommend it.” —Larry McMurtry

“As a teammate and friend of Jackie Robinson’s when Branch Rickey broke the color line in 1947, I fully appreciate Jerry Craft’s experience and his memorable story.” —Bobby Bragan, catcher, Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947

“A remarkable story of an era in American sports that is long gone . . . a riveting read.” —Skip Hollandsworth

At the outset of summer break in 1959, Texas Tech senior Jerry Craft had no more enticing options than to stay home and help on the family ranch—so the telephoned offer to play for a semipro baseball club he’d never heard of came as a welcome surprise.

But Craft was in for an even bigger surprise when he reported for tryout and discovered he’d been recruited for the West Texas Colored League.

Wichita Falls/Graham Stars manager Carl Sedberry persuaded Craft to put aside his misgivings and pitch for the Stars. Despite the derision of black teammates, fans, and opponents, and his own trepidation, “that white boy” took the mound to close a rousing victory in his first game. At home and on the road in segregated Texas, Craft saw discrimination firsthand and from every side. Yet out of his two seasons with the Stars comes an unlikely story of respect, character, humor, and ultimately friendship as the teammates pulled together to succeed in a game they loved.

Jerry Craft, rancher and former mayor of Jacksboro, Texas, was the first white man to play in the West Texas Colored League, during the summers of 1959 and 1960. A pioneer in the national cable television industry, he lives in Jacksboro and operates ranches in Texas and New Mexico. Kathleen Sullivan, who holds degrees from Baylor University and Arizona State University, has taught at the University of Texas at Arlington and Southern Methodist University. A member of the Sport Literature Association and the Society for American Baseball Research, she is the author of reviews and articles on sport literature and Women Characters in Baseball Literature: A Critical Study. She lives in Arlington, Texas. Larry Lester is co-chairman of the Negro Leagues Committee for the Society for American Baseball Research.

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