Alvin Strane, The Jersey

In 2004, the year I had decided to retire from General Motors, I came across an article that appeared on the front page upper left-hand column of the Wednesday, January 7th edition of the Wall Street Journal: “Mystery of Baseball: Was William White Game’s First Black? ” At first glance, the title of the article didn’t resonate with me until I realized the article pertained to the first Black Player to play in the Major Leagues.

As an ex-professional baseball player and amateur baseball historian, I had always believed the fact that Jackie Robinson was the first Black to play in the Major Leagues was indisputable. However, after reading the article my storytelling persona kicked in and within minutes I had conjured up in my mind a storyline that included a beginning, a middle, and an ending which to this day has remained much the same throughout the entire 16-year journey it’s taken me to round the bases to completion of The Jersey. God willing the yet unnamed sequel will be completed in a much shorter time frame.

For those who would be interested my formal education I received my Bachelor of Science and Commerce from Santa Clara University, Executive Strategic Marketing Certification from Wharton School of Business and was an MBA candidate at Saint Joseph University and Central Michigan University.

About The Jersey:
The Jersey brings a new dimension to what it means to be an African-American "first." It draws us into the history of passing that many African Americans considered a necessary survival strategy or a viable path to success in a racist America and acknowledges the racial triumphs obscured by this phenomenon.

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Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
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San Antonio, TX 78215
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$18.95
ISBN: 9781941247761
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Published: 3g Publishing, Inc. - August 6th, 2020

The Jersey brings a new dimension to what it means to be an African-American "first." It draws us into the history of passing that many African Americans considered a necessary survival strategy or a viable path to success in a racist America and acknowledges the racial triumphs obscured by this phenomenon.


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