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Cover"Our White Boy may be the most provocative eyewitness account of true southern racial animosity in Texas sports history during the civil rights era, told from a white man's perspective. . . . For two dollars, any Texan could see this vanilla drop in a sea of chocolate pitch like the mound master he was. . . . Outs and hits had no color on the scoreboard." --From the Foreword by Larry Lester, Negro League Baseball historian and founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri  

"Hollywood ought to take notice of Our White Boy. It is a riveting story which reminded me about how sports brings us together and how much more similar than different people of different races in fact are. It is a memorable tale, told well."--Eddie Robinson, Four-time American League All-Star and former General Manager of the Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers

"A remarkable story of an era in American sports that is long gone, but is still deeply moving. Our White Boy is a riveting read. Some of the details feel like they came straight out of a Hollywood screenwriter's imagination."--Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly

"Jerry Craft's story of pitching across the color line . . . is a unique record of an important stage in baseball history, of the human qualities that helped black and white players earn one another's respect on the diamond."-- Tim Morris, Professor, The University of Texas at Arlington

"With segregated semipro baseball as its stage, Our White Boy is an insightful look at West Texas race relations in the early 1960s. . . . you will not want to put it down."--C. Paul Rogers, author of The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant and Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University

"As recounted in these rough memories written against a rough landscape, Jerry Craft and his black Wichita Falls teammates traveled, talked, dined, and faced fear and humiliation together, discovering in those experiences possibilities that we might notice even today."--Mark W. Stamm, Professor of Religion, Southern Methodist University

"As a teammate and friend of Jackie Robinson's when Branch Rickey broke the color line in 1947, I fully appreciate Jerry Craft's experience and his memorable story." --Bobby Bragan, catcher, Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947

"Jerry Craft has given us an engaging and finally touching book.  It is a story of racial harmony in an era of racial distrust. I highly recommend it." --Larry McMurtry