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Down to the Last Out: The Journal of Biddy Owens, The Negro Leagues, Birmingham, Alabama, 1948
My Name is America Series Book #3 of 19 in alphabetical order (switch to publication order)
Author: Walter Dean Myers

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Published on April 1, 2001
Age Group: 9 - 14 years
Reading Level: AR: 5.2 (4.0 Points, Quiz #50162)
GLE: 5.8
DRA: 40
Lexile® measure: 950L

Teenager Biddy Owens' 1948 journal about working for the Birmingham Black Barons includes the games and the players, racism the team faces from New Orleans to Chicago, and his family's resistance to his becoming a professional baseball player. Includes a historical note about the evolution of the Negro Leagues.

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May 3 - It's hard not to worry about white folks ball because now that Jackie Robinson is playing with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Larry Doby is playing with the Cleveland Indians, everybody is thinking about going up. Just a year ago, Jackie played with the Kansas City Monarchs, and Doby played with the Newark Eagles. Piper said that some of the players were so busy looking around for white scouts, they couldn't find the white ball.

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