New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2018.
1 online resource (viii, 420 pages) : illustrations.
Prologue: 1968, Reverend King passed this way
Down to the river
Eddie Rat meets the Afro-wearing Bo-Pete
The house that Jack built
Keeping food in the pantry
So many dreams in the segregated city
Panthers and Tigers, oh my
The church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached
St. John Arena
The ballad of Jackie Robinson
Twilight at Harley Field
Robert Duncan and Richard Nixon's America
The catcher in the storm
Ghosts of the blue birds
Off into the world
Blood in Ohio
Sins laid bare
Epilogue: Still standing.
"From the author of the best-selling The Butler--an emotional, inspiring story of two teams from a poor, black, segregated high school in Ohio, who, in the midst of the racial turbulence of 1968/1969, win the Ohio state baseball and basketball championships in the same year. 1968 and 1969: Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy are assassinated. Race relations are frayed like never before. Cities are aflame as demonstrations and riots proliferate. But in Columbus, Ohio, the Tigers of segregated East High School win the baseball and basketball championships, defeating bigger, richer, whiter teams across the state. Now, Wil Haygood gives us a spirited and stirring account of this improbable triumph and takes us deep into the personal lives of these local heroes: Robert Wright, power forward, whose father was a murderer; Kenny Mizelle, the Tigers' second baseman, who grew up under the false impression that his father had died; Eddie 'Rat' Ratleff, the star of both teams, who would play for the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team. We meet Jack Gibbs, the first black principal at East High; Bob Hart, the white basketball coach, determined to fight against the injustices he saw inflicting his team; the hometown fans who followed the Tigers to stadiums across the state. And, just as important, Haygood puts the Tigers' story in the context of the racially charged late 1960s. The result is both an inspiring sports story and a singularly illuminating social history"-- Provided by publisher.