July Book of the Month
Wilber "Bullet" Rogan and the Kansas City Monarchs
By Phil S. Dixon
Details: Black History/ Baseball / Kansas
Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2010
No one can claim to love the game of baseball and not take the opportunity to learn about the history of Black baseball in the USA. The Kansas City Monarchs were the longest-running franchise in the history of Black baseball. In addition, the team produced more major league players than any other Negro League franchise. Wilber "Bullet" Rogan and the Kansas City Monarchs is both a biography of Wilber "Bullet" Rogan and a history of his great Kansas City team.
This book pays tribute to a man considered by some to be baseball's greatest all-around player. He could both hit and pitch successfully, and Rogan won more games in Black leagues history while, at the same time, having the fourth highest career batting average. During his time with the Monarchs, they won two Negro League World Series and five pennants. This book covers Rogan's Hall of Fame career in-depth and brings to light one of baseball's greatest but often forgotten talents.
"A breakthrough book with a wealth of details and pictures never before published"
—John Holway, author of Voices of the Great Black Baseball Leagues
Past Great Plains Books of the Month:
American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains, Dan Flores
A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World, Paul Johnsgard
Encounter on the Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930, Karen Hansen
Wild Again: The Struggle to Save the Black-Footed Ferret, David Jachowski
A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America's First Indian Doctor, Joe Starita
Natives of a Dry Place: Stories of Dakota Before the Oil Boom, Richard Edwards
Towards a Prairie Atonement, Trevor Herriot
Walking the Llano, Shelley Armitage
Barnstorming the Prairie, Jason Weems
Homesteading the Plains, Richard Edwards, Rebecca Wingo, Jacob Friefeld
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology 1867-2017, Edited by Daniel Simon
This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm, Ted Genoways
Grasses of the Great Plains, By James Stubbendieck, Stephan L. Hatch, Cheryl D. Dunn
The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, Ann Weisgarber
Jewels of the Plains: Wildflowers of the Great Plains Grasslands and Hills by Claude Barr and James Locklear
Converting the Rosebud: Catholic Mission and the Lakota, 1886-1916 by Harvey Markowitz
The Sea of Grass: A Family Tale from the American Heartland by Walter Echo-Hawk
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser.
Great Plains Literature by Linda Ray Pratt
American Trinity: Jefferson, Custer, and the Spirit of the West by Larry Len Peterson
Visions of the Tallgrass: Prairie Photographs by Harvey Payne
kisiskâciwan: Indigenous Voices from Where the River Flows Swiftly by Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber
Pacing Dakota by Thomas Dean Isern
Theodore Roosevelt & Bison Restoration on the Great Plains by Keith Aune and Glenn Plumb
Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn by Catherine Friend
The Chisholm Trail: Joseph McCoy's Great Gamble by James Sherow
First Americans: US Patriotism in Indian Country After World War I by Thomas Grillot
A Thirsty Land by Seamus McGraw
Keetsahnak/Our Missing And Murdered Indigenous Sisters by Kim Anderson, Maria Campbell, and Christi Belcourt, eds.
Perfectly Golden: Adaptable Recipes for Sweet and Simple Treats by Angela Garbacz