Color Blind by Tom Dunkel
The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball's Color Line

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In his new book, “Color Blind,” Tom Dunkel tells the largely unknown story of how a Bismarck car dealer turned a “town ball” team into a semi-pro powerhouse in the midst of the Depression.
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A 2013 CASEY Award Finalist for Best Baseball Book of the Year

When baseball swept America in the years after the Civil War, independent, semipro, and municipal leagues sprouted up everywhere. With civic pride on the line, rivalries were fierce and teams often signed ringers to play alongside the town dentist, insurance salesman, and teen prodigy. In drought-stricken Bismarck, North Dakota during the Great Depression, one of the most improbable teams in the history of baseball was assembled by one of the sport’s most unlikely champions. A decade before Jackie Robinson broke into the Major Leagues, car dealer Neil Churchill signed the best players he could find, regardless of race, and fielded an integrated squad that took on all comers in spectacular fashion.

Color Blind immerses the reader in the wild and wonderful world of early independent baseball, with its tough competition and its novelty. Dunkel traces the rise of the Bismarck squad, focusing on the 1935 season and the first National Semipro Tournament. This is an entertaining, must-read for anyone interested in the history of baseball.

“A tale as fantastic as it is true.”—Boston Globe
 

About Tom Dunkel

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Tom Dunkel is an award-winning freelance journalist with more than 25 years of experience reporting for major newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, New York Times Sunday Magazine, and Wall Street Journal. He lives in Washington, D.C. This is his first book.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 386 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Mar 17 2013

A well-told account of a fascinating, and forgotten, chapter in the history of America’s national pastime.

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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by CHUCK HAGA on Apr 13 2013

In his new book, “Color Blind,” Tom Dunkel tells the largely unknown story of how a Bismarck car dealer turned a “town ball” team into a semi-pro powerhouse in the midst of the Depression.

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