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    Alley-side Pickup: 10am - 7pm

    3038 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN
    612-822-4611

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3038 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN
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The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell: Speed, Grace, and the Negro Leagues

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

Wheeler, Lonnie

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Publisher Price: $28.00

ISBN10: 1419750488
ISBN13: 9781419750489
Publisher: Abrams Pr
Published: Feb 9 2021
Pages: 288
Weight: 1.15
Height: 1.30 Width: 6.10 Depth: 9.10
Language: English
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 fl ip 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, and 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 MLB's color line. Rich in context and suffused in myth, this is a treat for fans of baseball history.

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