Uppity, Bill White’s memoir of his times as a player, the first black broadcaster in Major League Baseball, and the first black league president is a fast read (in the best sense) and overall a good one. The stories about legendary player and loopy broadcaster Phil Rizzuto, double-dealing Commissioner Fay Vincent, and complicated bigot and female team-owner Marge Schott among many others, including White’s early dealings with racists as a ballplayer (and the more subterranean, insidious racism he encountered as a baseball executive years later) make this memoir, well, memorable. At seventy-seven, White is no youngster, and there is an understandable elegiac quality to his book. For many years, Bill White has had my support for a place in Cooperstown.
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