By Arlene Howard, Ralph Wimbish
Of all of the nice ballplayers to put on Yankee pinstripes, Elston Howard was once one of the proudest. extraordinary temperament and braveness made him the Jackie Robinson of baseball's such a lot storied franchise. No Yankee carried himself with extra dignity. No Yankee had larger recognize for his teammates or love for his spouse and kin. And not anyone enjoyed being a Yankee greater than Elston Howard. In Elston and Me, Howard's widow, Arlene, and coauthor Ralph Wimbish remember the lifetime of the 1st black to play baseball for the hot York Yankees. Howard, who performed fourteen major-league seasons, used to be signed by means of the Yankees in 1950, however the reluctance of the american association to damage the colour barrier held Howard again from the most important leagues until eventually 1955 while he was once twenty-six years outdated. via 1961, the yr he batted .348 for the Yankees, Elston had develop into the standard catcher. Voted the yank League's most useful participant in 1963, Howard used to be a three-time Gold Glove winner, and his fielding ordinary of an identical yr continues to be one of many optimum between catchers in major-league historical past. In 1967, with the american dynasty in decay, Elston used to be traded to the Boston pink Sox, even if Yankee administration had promised him that he might end his profession in pinstripes. After considering retirement, he moved to Boston past due that season and helped the pink Sox win the "Impossible Dream" pennant. After another season with the pink Sox, he back to the Yankees because the first black trainer within the American League. Howard died on the age of fifty-one with out pleasing his dream of turning into baseball's first black supervisor. starting with Howard's early years as a St. Louis youngster, the e-book relates his encounters with racism and his love of baseball. He started his expert occupation for the mythical Negro League group the Kansas urban Monarchs. His 3 many years with the recent York Yankees contain a variety of anecdotes approximately fellow Yankee legends resembling Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, and Yogi Berra. With numerous own moments and never-before- released pictures and clippings from relatives albums, Elston and Me is the touching tale of 1 of baseball's nice gamers.
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Elston, by this point, knew the Yankee management was somewhat racist, but that was the way it was. He wanted to be a Yankee, the ﬁrst black Yankee, just as Buck O’Neil had envisioned. Thousands of black American baseball fans, too, eagerly awaited the arrival of the ﬁrst black Yankee. To be that person was Elston’s dream. But Jackie realized Elston’s job would be tough. Branch Rickey wanted and supported Jackie Robinson. Elston could never say the same thing about George Weiss. Elston looked around the Yankee locker room and saw a room full of great players.
And there on stage was Elston, along with pitchers Johnny Kucks and Tom Sturdivant. “This is my three-way man here,” Casey said as he introduced Elston to Ed Sullivan and thousands of TV viewers around the country. ” On April 14 in Boston, Elston’s name went down in Yankee history. He got into his ﬁrst game when Irv Noren was ejected over a call at home plate. m. “Howard’s appearance at-bat signaled the fall of a dynasty that had been assailed on all sides as being anti-Negro. ” Elston played three innings that day.
Ernie Banks No town in the Midwest was quite like Kansas City. Elston Howard was nineteen years old when William Dismukes brought him there in the summer of 1948, and the years he spent there were good ones. Elston eventually came to realize that playing in Kansas City was indeed something special. Playing for the Monarchs, he would later say, was a lot like playing for the New York Yankees. He played with and against the best baseball players, stayed in all the good hotels, ate in the best restaurants, and heard the best music in the world.
Elston and Me: The Story of the First Black Yankee (Sports and American Culture Series) by Arlene Howard, Ralph Wimbish