(CBS Native)- Cam Perron’s story of befriending after which serving to former Negro League gamers receive their deserved recognition and pensions from Main League Baseball has been lined throughout media platforms by the years. He has appeared in native papers, on HBO’s Actual Sports activities and extra telling the story of his friendships with these dwelling legends and his position in bringing lots of of them collectively for reunions in Birmingham, Alabama by the years. Now, Perron is telling his story in his personal phrases with a brand new ebook Comeback Season: My Unlikely Story of Friendship with the Best Residing Negro League Baseball Gamers that’s now accessible on the market.
“A whole lot of the previous baseball gamers that I’ve been buddies with and interviewed through the years are beginning to go away. We’ve opened a museum in Birmingham, Alabama devoted to the preservation of the Negro League,” Perron mentioned in an interview with CBS Native’s Ryan Mayer. “We’ve now had annual reunions for nearly ten years now the place we’ve had lots of of gamers congregate at these reunions through the years. So I feel all of that, all these tales put collectively, has now simply left me with the time and place to place all of it collectively.”
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MLB has begun to provide extra recognition to the Negro League and its gamers, in December of final yr asserting that the leagues got official recognition, incorporating the statistics and information into MLB historical past. That self-admitted “lengthy overdue recognition,” brings seven Negro Leagues and over 3,400 gamers into the league’s historical past going ahead. As good as that recognition is, Perron desires folks to grasp and have a good time the Negro League for what it was, an unbiased, thriving, black-owned enterprise.
“One factor in that regard that’s being dropped at mild extra just lately with Main League Baseball’s acceptance of Negro League statistics is, the Negro League was its personal unbiased league that for fairly a while was thriving,” Perron mentioned. “They’d an enormous fan base of their very own followers that didn’t essentially cross over to the main leagues. And it doesn’t essentially have to be put into the class of, or beneath the wing of Main League Baseball. It was its personal nice league and it had its variations and it was one of many largest black owned companies in America. I imagine it was the third largest black enterprise in America. And I feel it must be accepted for its uniqueness.”
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For Perron, he sees the ebook as being yet one more about relationships and reminiscences than baseball. For that motive, he thinks that any reader, sports activities fan or not, can take one thing away from his journey.
“One of many massive issues is that, whereas the subject of the ebook is about Negro League baseball, it’s not a baseball ebook. It’s extra of a historical past ebook, a ebook about reminiscences and historical past, relationships, friendships, loss, discovery all of these sort of parts. As a younger child, I used to be an enormous baseball fan and through the years I’ve personally simply not watched baseball as a lot or stored up with the fashionable video games and athletes. However the historical past and reminiscences and relationships of which have actually caught with me. And I feel this ebook can attraction to those that aren’t actually sports activities followers in any respect.”
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Comeback Season: My Unlikely Story of Friendship with the Best Residing Negro League Baseball Gamers is now accessible on the market in all places.