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By 1932, the team had as good a claim to the national baseball championship of black America as any other. Partisans claim, with merit, that league officials awarded the National Championship to the Chicago American Giants in flagrant violation of the league's own rules: Times were hard and more people would pay to see a Chicago team than an outfit from the Louisiana back country. Black newspapers in the South rallied to support Monroe's cause, railing against the league and the bias of black newspapers in the North, but the decision, unfair though it may have been, was also the only financially feasible option for the league's besieged leadership, who were struggling to maintain a black baseball league in the midst of the Great Depression.
Aiello addresses long-held misunderstandings and misinterpretations of the Monarchs' 1932 season. He tells the almost-unknown story of the team-its time, its fortunes, its hometown - and positions black baseball in the context of American racial discrimination. He illuminates the culture-changing power of a baseball team and the importance of sport in cultural and social history.
The book is published by The University of Alabama Press.
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By Ellen on 07-23-12
If you could sum up The Kings of Casino Park in three words, what would they be?
Unknown story told!
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kings of Casino Park?
The courage and struggle to accomplish a dream
What does Claton Butcher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He has a wonderful voice that expresses the author's intent. The emotion and the calmness made it a pleasure to listen to and experience.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It amazes me to always be learning more. The book brought smiles and tears and an understanding of the struggle, dream, and goals of the men. Claton's voice made that possible. I held on to every word!
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