Clyde Taylor, after winning the 1945 All-Star game for the Negro League (against the majors' All-Stars), was beaten to death with his own bat outside the stadium. Taylor became a legend as the one who might have been chosen to break the "color line" in the major leagues. Jefferies' nephew challenges his uncle's cold case team to solve the crime now sixty years old ("What if it had been Babe Ruth?"). Envious, hostile white players and greedy Negro League owners, as well as the complications of a white girlfriend, are pieces of the puzzle. Written by
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Set in 1945, a character (Moody Brown) uses the phrase "boys of summer" to describe ballplayers. Although the phrase was originally used in a Dylan Thomas poem, it was not associated with baseball until the publication of the book "The Boys of Summer" by Roger Kahn in 1972. See more