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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  William Brashler  

Pen Name: Crabbe Evers is a joint pen name on books written with Reinder Van Til

Genre: Fiction Mystery Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1947 in Grand Rapids, Michigan

-- William Brashler on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

William Brashler was a reporter for Lerner Newspapers, Chicago, Illinois from 1971-73. He still lives in the Chicagoland area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Brashler began his freelance writing career in 1972. His critically acclaimed book, ''The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings'', was adaped for a movie starring Richard Pryor and James Earl Jones.

Published Works

  • City Dogs, Signet, 1977
  • Josh Gibson: A Life in the Negro League, Harper & Row, 1978
  • Catch You Later: Autobiography of Johnny Bench, Harper & Row, 1979
  • The Chosen Prey, Dell Publishing, 1983
  • Traders, Pinnacle, 1990
  • The Bingo Long Traveling All Stars and Motor King, Harper & Row, 1993
  • The Story of Negro League Baseball, Sandpiper, 1994
  • The Don: The Life and Death of Sam Giancana, Harper & Row, 1997
  • Josh Gibson: A Life in the Negro Leagues, Ivan R. Dee, 2000Written with Reinder Van Til under the pen name Crabbe Evers
  • Murder in Wrigley Field, Crimeline, 1991
  • Murderer's Row, Crimeline, 1991
  • Bleeding Dodger Blue, Crimline, 1991
  • Fear in Fenway, Morrow, 1994
  • Tigers Burning, Morrow, 1995

Selected Titles At Your Library

City dogs :
ISBN: 0451077415. OCLC Number:

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Josh Gibson :
ISBN: 1566632951. OCLC Number:

I.R. Dee,. Chicago, Ill. :. 2000.

"During the first half of the twentieth century, Josh Gibson was a legendary figure among black baseball players, who were barred from playing in the major leagues. Perhaps baseball's greatest hitter ever, Gibson was known as "the black Babe Ruth." In this illuminating biography, William Brashler introduces an authentic American sports hero and recaptures the mood and style, the excitement and poignance of a world of black baseball that has vanished from the American scene. He traces Gibson's career from the sandlots and semi-pro teams of Pittsburgh, through his debut with the Homestead Grays in 1930, and on to his untimely death in 1947 at the age of thirty-five - the winter after Jackie Robinson broke through the minor leagues' color barrier."--Jacket.

Catch you later :
ISBN: 0060103248. OCLC Number:

Harper & Row,. New York :. ©1979.

The chosen prey /
ISBN: 0440112168. OCLC Number:

Dell Pub. Co.,. New York :. 1983, ©1982.

Traders /
ISBN: 1558174605. OCLC Number:

Windsor Pub. Corp.,. New York :. 1990, ©1989.

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings /
ISBN: 0252062876. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. 1993.

"This marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of a classic of baseball fiction. William Brashler's novel is the story of a black barnstorming ball club in 1939, before Jackie Robinson broke baseball's unofficial color barrier. It was made into a popular film in 1976 that starred James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams, and Richard Pryor. This edition includes a new preface by the author and an introduction by Peter Bjarkman that sets the novel in the context both of scholarly literature on the Negro Baseball Leagues and of sports fiction."--Jacket.

The story of Negro league baseball /
ISBN: 0395697212. OCLC Number:

Ticknor & Fields,. New York :. 1994.

From 1890 to 1947, major league baseball was closed to blacks and Latinos, but that didn't keep these players out of the game. The best of them formed their own teams and then their own leagues. This is the story of those teams -- the Black Yankees, the Homestead Grays, the Kansas City Monarchs, and others -- and of the men who played on them. It is the story of baseball in another era, when uniforms were made of wool and lights were just beginning to make night games possible. But it is also the story of what it meant for players to be heroes in the ball park and then be denied entrance to hotels and restaurants because of the color of their skin. Includes historical photographs and interview with many of the players.

The don :
ISBN: 0345273265. OCLC Number:

Ballantine,. New York :. 1978.

Murder in Wrigley Field /
ISBN: 0553289152. OCLC Number:

Bantam Books,. New York :. ©1991.

Murderer's row /
ISBN: 0553290886. OCLC Number:

Bantam Books,. New York :. 1991.

Bleeding Dodger blue /
ISBN: 0553291777. OCLC Number:

Bantam,. New York :. ©1991.

Fear in Fenway :
ISBN: 0380718650. OCLC Number:

Avon Books,. New York :. [1994], ©1993.

Tigers burning :
ISBN: 0380718669. OCLC Number:

Avon Books,. New York :. 1995, ©1994.



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