I decided to write the book at the urging of authors Kathleen Sullivan and Larry McMurtry. It is the story of black semi-pro baseball that has not been told and will soon be forgotten. In the grand scheme of things, perhaps that isn't important....... Then again, anyone who grew up in that segregated civil rights era will recognize the unusual circumstances of black and white athletes bonding together at that time. Eventually, trust, loyalty, and finally friendship and understanding extended beyond the diamond and lasted years after our playing days had ended.
Jerry David Craft was born on April 17, 1937, to J.D. and Louise Craft. They lived in Jacksboro,Texas where he helped his father run the family's ranch. A life-long sports fan and athlete, he was captain of his high school's baseball and football teams, graduating Jacksboro High School in 1955. He then attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he played intramural athletics and competed in livestock judging competitions. He earned a B.S. in Animal Husbandry in 1960.
After graduation, Jerry continued running the family ranch and began a long record of public service, starting with six consecutive two-year terms on the Texas State Democratic Executive Committee under Governors Connally, Smith, and Brisco. Jerry was also a 1968 delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. In addition, Governors Richards, Bush, and Perry appointed him to the state's Regional Review Board, and he is a past president of the Nor-Tex Council of Government. He was recognized for his pioneering work in the cable television industry by his colleagues when he was elected to the Cable TV Pioneers in May,1988. Jerry has also served his local community in numerous capacities: Scoutmaster, Little-League coach, President of the Lions Club, ten-year President of the Jacksboro Independent School District, and Mayor of Jacksboro (1991-2007). He is currently the Chair of the Endowment Committee at the First United Methodist Church of Jacksboro and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Jacksboro National Bank and the Bowie Bank. Jerry has been elected to the Jacksboro High School Hall of Fame and in 2007 received the Jacksboro Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jerry and his wife, Pamela, live in Jacksboro. Together, they have five children and six grandchildren.