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Some say baseball is Americas greatest pastime Most would agree with that if not after reading this book they will Patricia C McKissacks Black Diamond is very useful up-to-date its style is very clear and understandable The author of Black Diamond was mostly Patricia C McKissack it was partially written by her son Frederick McKissack McKissack is an award-winning author who has a passion for baseball as a whole Patricia has written many books in her time The Dark Southern Tales of the Supernatural Jessie Jackson A Biography also Mirandy and Brother Wind are just to name a few These books along with many other fine works have earned her numerous Coretta Scott King Awards and Newberry Honor Book awards Albigence Waldo a surgeon with George Washingtons troops at Valley Forge wrote in his diary that soldiers were batting balls and running bases in their free time That sentence there shows how for back this book goes and how in depth and specific it is The information in this book covers its topic well It goes back to the very beginning of baseball all the way up to when heroes were finally allowed in the Major Leagues This book is very in depth in each subject it explains This information is a major part of American History The story of the Negro Baseball Leagues is still talked about today it still applies to the story of baseball and the story of the African American struggle in this country Early records show that in October 1867 the Uniques of Brooklyn hosted the Excelsiors of Philadelphia in a championship game to determine the champion of the colored clubs That was how the African Americans were segregated in the baseball world as well as life which is too bad The way this book is presented makes it easy to understand and follow It is broken down into chapters These chapters mark a section in history in
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