Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Player

Univ. of Nebraska. Nov. 2019. 456p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781496217110. $29.95. SPORTS
With this work, Beer (The Philanthropic Revolution) pays respect to a great player who is often overlooked: Oscar Charleston (1896-1954). A superstar in the National Negro League, Charleston did it all with speed, power, and an incredible instinct for the game. Charleston later became manager of the Brooklyn Brown Dodgers, working with Branch Rickey to scout black players for the first integrated Major League Baseball teams. In this thorough account, Beer has created a definitive work on Charleston’s life and accomplishments. The result is a fascinating story and an important piece of sports history.
VERDICT Fans of baseball history will thoroughly enjoy this well-written account of one of the sport’s greatest players.

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