*A Long Way From Home

The Untold Story of Baseball's Desegregation
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Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color line in 1947, but it took another generation of Black and Latino players to make the sport truly open to all. This film discusses how playing in remote minor-league towns, these men first had to beat Jim Crow before they could live their big-league dreams.

This film features James “Mudcat” Grant, Orlando Cepeda, Tony Pérez, Jimmy Wynn, Grover “Deacon” Jones, J.R. Richard, Enos Cabell, Octavio “Cookie” Rojas, Orlando Peña, and Bobby Tolan.

A panel discussion follows the film.

This film was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  This event is supported by Lefty O’Doul Chapter of Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), the Dusty Baker SABR Chapter,  the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and The Baseball Reliquary.

Related Exhibit: A Game of Color: The African-American Experience in Baseball, Main Library, Skylight Gallery, January 13, 2018 – March 18.

This is a Films & Videos program from SFPL. From feature films to youth-made videos, we’ve got something great to watch.

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