AUTHOR: Bob May
How would twenty-one stars of the black ball era (Negro Leagues and independent black teams) like to be honored? I believe they would like to be honored in action on the playing field.
There are a significant number of great historical books published on the Negro League and its players. However, most of the evidence of their exploits on the field is anecdotal. Their play against the white ball players in the Major Leagues is against post-season barnstorming teams not in-season battles for first place! These twenty-one BB Stars (team name in book) deserve the opportunity to play the great Major League teams/players in organized competition."
“The Best Season – The Challenging Finish” completes the two book “Best Season Series” of twenty one Negro League Stars (nineteen in National Baseball Hall of Fame) and four free-agent Major League pitchers with stats from their Best Season in Major league Baseball (Don Newcombe, 1956 Dodgers; Luis Tiant, 1968 Indians; J R Richard, 1979 Astros; Donnie Moore, 1985 Angels). 165+ game season against 375 of the greatest Major League players from 1881 through 1987 season. What makes Book Two, The Challenging Finish? Nine Game Series vs. ﬁve of the greatest franchises – Athletics, Giants, Yankees, Dodgers and Red Sox, ﬁfteen All Star Games with twenty-one man rosters (six pitchers per team), Six Team Playoff Series – Black Ball Stars and the ﬁve Major League Teams with the Best Record in the Nine Game Series (vs. the Black Ball Stars) and ﬁnally a post season California Winter League – ﬁfteen All Star Games with twenty-ﬁve man rosters.
The Black Ball Stars are a very talented group of players. This 165+ Game Season makes a great What if scenario of what could have and should have happened if Major League Baseball was not segregated from 1887 to 1947. Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier, plays for the Dodgers in the “Best Season Series”.