Big League Dreams: Baseball Hall of Fame's First African-Canadian, Fergie Jenkins
Big League Dreams: Baseball Hall of Fame's First African-Canadian, Fergie Jenkins
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Annotation: Chronicles the professional career of baseball player Fergie Jenkins, describing how he became the first African-Canadian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Catalog Number: #4416634
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: c2010
Pages: 151 p.
Availability: Indefinitely Out of Stock
ISBN: 1-552-77487-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-552-77487-8
Dewey: 921
Dimensions: 19 cm.
Language: English
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Word Count: 16,151
Reading Level: 5.5
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.5 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 162552 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 770L

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.

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