The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell by Lonnie Wheeler audiobook

The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell: Speed, Grace, and the Negro Leagues

By Lonnie Wheeler
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Blackstone Publishing 9781419750489
9.94 Hours 1
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The first full biography of the star Negro Leaguer and Hall of Famer James “Cool Papa” Bell (1903–1991) was a legend in Black baseball, a lightning-fast switch hitter elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. Bell’s speed was extraordinary; as Satchel Paige famously quipped, he was so fast he could flip a light switch and be in bed before the room got dark. In The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell, experienced baseball writer and historian Lonnie Wheeler recounts the life of this extraordinary player, a key member of some of the greatest Negro League teams in history. Born to sharecroppers in Mississippi, Bell was part of the Great Migration, the movement of African Americans from the southern states to the northern states from 1910 through 1930. In St. Louis, baseball saved Bell from a life working in slaughterhouses. Wheeler charts Bell’s ups and downs in life and in baseball, in the United States, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico, where he went to escape American racism and major league baseball’s color line. Rich in context and suffused in myth, this is a treat for fans of baseball history.

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The first full biography of the star Negro Leaguer and Hall of Famer

James “Cool Papa” Bell (1903–1991) was a legend in Black baseball, a lightning-fast switch hitter elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. Bell’s speed was extraordinary; as Satchel Paige famously quipped, he was so fast he could flip a light switch and be in bed before the room got dark.

In The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell, experienced baseball writer and historian Lonnie Wheeler recounts the life of this extraordinary player, a key member of some of the greatest Negro League teams in history.

Born to sharecroppers in Mississippi, Bell was part of the Great Migration, the movement of African Americans from the southern states to the northern states from 1910 through 1930. In St. Louis, baseball saved Bell from a life working in slaughterhouses. Wheeler charts Bell’s ups and downs in life and in baseball, in the United States, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico, where he went to escape American racism and major league baseball’s color line.

Rich in context and suffused in myth, this is a treat for fans of baseball history.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“To white baseball fans in his day, Cool Papa Bell was an invisible man at an invisible time. The virtual embodiment of the Negro Leagues, he is honored by Lonnie Wheeler’s last, great biography—the portrait of a man and an age only now beginning to be seen by us all.” John Thorn, official historian of Major League Baseball
“Wheeler’s bio of Cool Papa Bell reads like fiction. That’s a tribute to Bell’s achievements, which are worthy of legend, and to Wheeler’s spellbinding writing and extraordinary ability to sift fact from myth.” Larry Tye, author of Satchel

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Author Bio: Lonnie Wheeler

Author Bio: Lonnie Wheeler

Lonnie Wheeler (1952–2020) was the author or co-author of many books on baseball, including I Had a Hammer with Hank Aaron, Pitch by Pitch with Bob Gibson, Sixty Feet, Six Inches with Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson, Long Shot with Mike Piazza, Bleachers: A Summer in Wrigley Field, and Intangiball, which won the 2016 SABR Baseball Research Award. Long Shot and I Had a Hammer were New York Times bestsellers. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Missouri, he was a sportswriter for the Anderson Independent in South Carolina, a general-interest columnist at the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, a sports and features reporter for the Enquirer, and a sportswriter and columnist for the Cincinnati Post.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 9.94
Audience: Adult
Language: English