|aWaiting for Pumpsie /|cBarry Wittenstein ; illustrated by London Ladd.
|aWatertown, MA :|bCharlesbridge,|cc2017.
|a1 v. :|bcol. ill. ;|c29 cm.
|aIn 1959 Bernard is a young Red Sox fan, troubled by the lack of Black players in major league baseball, especially as there are none at all on his favorite team--but change is coming in the form of a rookie named Pumpsie Green.
|aA Junior Library Guild Selection.
|aGreen, Pumpsie,|d1933-|vJuvenile fiction.
|aBoston Red Sox (Baseball team)|xHistory|vJuvenile fiction.
|aAfrican American baseball players|vJuvenile fiction.
|aDiscrimination in sports|zUnited States|xHistory|vJuvenile fiction.
In 1959 the Boston Red Sox was the last team in the Major Leagues to integrate. But when they call Elijah "Pumpsie" Green up from the minors, Bernard is overjoyed to see a black player on his beloved home team. And, when Pumpsie's first home game is scheduled, Bernard and his family head to Fenway Park. Bernard is proud of Pumpsie and hopeful that this historic event is the start of great change in America. This fictionalized account captures the true story of baseball player Pumpsie Green's rise to the major leagues. The story is a snapshot of the Civil Rights Movement and a great discussion starter about the state of race relations in the United States today. "A grand slam" --Kirkus Reviews, starred review "The story's moments of triumph sound the loudest notes" -- Publisher's Weekly"This uplifting account of a family and the integration of Boston baseball will be inspiring to many youngsters." -- School Library Journal"This picture book contributes to children's understanding of America's past, while telling a good story"-- Booklist