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Teen Review by Abraham R: Only the Ball was White

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This movie talks about three of the most famous African-American baseball players in history- Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson; as well as many other less known players from the Negro Leagues like Cool Papa Bell.

Satchel Paige

The movie talks about how there was a ‘color line’ in baseball that kept black players from playing in the Major Leagues.  Since they were not allowed in the Majors these players had their own leagues called the Negro Leagues, which was only for African American players.  It tells about some of the best players to play in the Negro Leagues like Josh Gibson who was thought to be as good as Babe Ruth and once hit 77 home runs in a year and Satchel Paige who was one of the hardest throwing pitchers in baseball history.

Josh Gibson

This was a really interesting movie and I would recommend it to anyone who likes baseball or history.  It is especially good to watch now because February is African-American history month.

Abraham is a student at Brashear High School in Pittsburgh.

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