Big League Dreams

Baseball Hall of Fame's first African-Canadian, Fergie Jenkins

From the Series Lorimer Recordbooks

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

This is a history of black major league baseball players and the crumbling of the color barrier in sport, and the story of how Fergie Jenkins rose to the top to become Canada’s first inductee into the American Baseball Hall of Fame.

Fergie Jenkins grew up in the era when Jackie Robinson became the first black man to play major league baseball, and Willie O’Ree became the first black NHL player. Inspired by these professional athletes, and with doors now opening for young men like himself, Fergie went on to have a remarkable career in major league baseball.

Former sports journalist Richard Brignall traces the ups and downs in Fergie’s career, from his humble roots in Chatham, Ontario, to his time with the Phillies, the Cubs, the Red Sox, and the Rangers. Along the way, Brignall examines what it meant for a man to be black in the United States versus Canada in the 1960s and 70s.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-55277-486-1
$9.95 $9.95
Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre High/Low, Nonfiction, Young Adult
Subject Sports
Copyright 2010
Publisher Lorimer & Company, Ltd.
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 152
Publication Date 2016-09-01
BISACS YAN006130, YAN053010
Dewey 920
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 4.25 x 7
Lexile 770
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Author: Richard Brignall

Richard Brignall has written many non-fiction books for young readers and adults, and contributed hundreds of articles to several magazines. His books have been shortlisted for numerous awards.

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Lorimer Recordbooks

Recordbooks is a high/low nonfiction series that helps teens understand social issues through the stories of sports heroes. These books feature trailblazing NHL athletes who have overcome racial barriers in their lives and in their careers. View available downloads →