Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-5381-0790-4 • Hardback • March 2018 • $39.00 • (£30.00)
978-1-5381-0791-1 • eBook • March 2018 • $37.00 • (£28.00)
Gaylon H. White was a sportswriter for the Denver Post, Arizona Republic and Oklahoma Journal before working in the corporate world for nearly forty years. He is the author of The Bilko Athletic Club: The Story of the 1956 Los Angeles Angels (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) and co-author with Ransom Jackson of Handsome Ransom Jackson: Accidental Big Leaguer (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).
Artie Wilson was one of the guys who watched out for me when I played for the Birmingham Black Barons in 1948. In turn, I watched Artie. That year, he hit .402! That was a lesson in hitting that I always remembered.
— Willie Mays, legendary Hall of Famer, 2-time National League MVP, 12-time Gold Glove Award winner, and 24-time All-Star
I broke into the big leagues in 1947—the same year Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. Jackie had a belly-full of guts and didn’t give an inch to all the pitchers who threw at him. Artie Wilson showed the same courage, winning the Coast League batting title his first season in Organized Baseball.Singles and Smilesrecognizes Artie for doing in the minors what Jackie did in the majors.
— Wally Westlake, power-hitting outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates and five other major-league teams, 1947-1956
Artie Wilson was my idol growing up in Puerto Rico. He inspired me to be a ballplayer. Singles and Smiles is a well-deserved tribute to a great man and player, and a beautiful dresser. Artie was amazing in everything he did.
— Orlando Cepeda, Hall of Fame first baseman, 1958 National League Rookie of the Year, 1967 National League MVP, and seven-time National League All-Star
Breaking up a double play at second base is a lost art. That’s too bad because we’ll never see another Artie Wilson—the greatest I ever saw at evading guys like me trying to knock him into the next county. I enjoyed reading about Artful Artie, and so will you.
— Gale Wade, former Chicago Cub and minor league star renowned for rolling-block slides at second base
I always had the feeling Artie Wilson shaved several years off his age a la Satchel Paige. He was like Satch in other ways, too—a barrier breaker and great example for the black players that followed.
— Chuck Stevens, first baseman, St. Louis Browns, the first to get a hit off of the legendary Satchel Paige in the majors
I’m delighted the story of Artie Wilson is being told. He was amazing both on and off the field—a role model for younger Birmingham Black Baron players like me and Willie Mays. We were rookies on the highly-respected 1948 team that raised the bar of excellence for our race, our city, and ourselves.
— Bill Greason, former pitcher, Birmingham Black Barons, and first black to pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals
Artie Wilson might not have been blessed with the baseball career he deserved—damn segregation—but all these years later, he's finally got the biography he deserves.
— Rob Neyer, author of Rob Neyer’s Big Book of Baseball Legends