[PW] ? Novel in which two old black men talk about baseball

S M Colowick colowick at gmail.com
Thu Apr 8 06:14:34 PDT 2021

A Lesson Before Dying?


It involves a plantation church/school, and Wikipedia quotes this
line: "All three stood talking baseball. Jackie Robinson had just
finished his second year with the Brooklyn Dodgers."

On Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 2:27 AM John Henderson <jrhenderson9 at gmail.com> wrote:
> A request from a friend. She estimates that she read a novel about 30
> years ago that took place in the South before the color line in
> baseball was crossed. Title unremembered, but it might have been a
> mystery. A minor part of the book, but the most riveting part for her
> was the recurring conversation between a couple of “old black men"
> whose families shared a history on the grounds of a plantation where
> the action mostly took place. Their conversations ran the gamut from
> slavery to music to baseball – especially their belief that white
> teams needed the black players, who were generally better players,
> Ring a bell with any one? If not, I can suggest some crowdsourcing
> websites for her to try.
> John Henderson
> Ithaca College
> retired
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