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

John Henderson jrhenderson9 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 9 04:32:41 PDT 2021

It doesn’t have all the elements she remembers – she remembers a white female protagonist – but my friend says she will give it a look.


> On Apr 8, 2021, at 9:15 AM, S M Colowick <colowick at gmail.com> wrote:
> A Lesson Before Dying?
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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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