Stolen Dreams: The 1955 Cannon Street All-Stars and Little League Baseball's Civil War


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University of Nebraska Press
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6.5 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author

Chris Lamb is chair of the Department of Journalism and Public Relations at Indiana University-Indianapolis. He is the editor, author, or coauthor of twelve books, including Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball (Nebraska, 2021), Sports Journalism: A History of Glory, Fame, and Technology (Nebraska, 2020), and From Jack Johnson to LeBron James: Sports, Media, and the Color Line (Nebraska, 2016).


"[Stolen Dreams] meticulously documents an important moment, and team, that few people will know but should. It's about the collision of racism and baseball, years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, and shows just how far Blacks had left to go to be accepted in America's pastime. Lamb writes this story with affection, grace, and skill."--Mike Freeman, editor of race and inequality at USA Today

"Chris Lamb takes a forgotten baseball tournament and a forgotten moment in the civil rights struggle and spins them into an unforgettable story, proving, as Martin Luther King Jr. might have said, that the long arc of a batted ball bends toward justice. With impressive research and sharp insight, Lamb illustrates once again the important role baseball plays in understanding and shaping American culture."--Jonathan Eig, best-selling author of Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season

"Lamb has presented Little League Baseball as a microcosm of Jim Crowism with so many history lessons of shame, sadness, and racial injustices propagated by the white majority. Lamb fires cannon shots with explosive narratives about Octavius Catto, Judge J. Waties Waring, Isaac Woodard, Robert Morrison, Robert Small, Frazier B. Baker, and others. This narrative is one of the most comprehensive examinations of the Lost Cause obsession for control in America."--Larry Lester, Negro League Baseball historian and author

"Chris Lamb's thorough and eloquent account embodies the best tradition of civil rights scholarship, exposing America's long history of racism, particularly in Charleston, a city built literally on the backs of enslaved people. Redemptive at its core, Stolen Dreams reminds us of all of the importance of telling the stories of African Americans that have so often been erased, forgotten, or neglected."--Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina poet laureate, 2003-20
"Sports is a brilliant and bracing window for understanding Jim Crow segregation in the South. With this book, Chris Lamb uncovers a narrative in this history that few readers will know: a history of racism, injustice, baseball, and the kids crushed by the hatreds of adults. I can't recommend this book enough. It speaks to the past brilliantly, but it also speaks to our troubled present. A necessary and important read."--Dave Zirin, author of The Kaepernick Effect: Taking a Knee, Changing the World