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Meet the Real Joe Black

An Inspiring Life - Baseball, Teaching, Business, Giving

by Steven Michael Selzer With Bill Cosby



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/19/2010

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Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 172
ISBN : 9781440171215
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 172
ISBN : 9781440171208
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 172
ISBN : 9781440171192

About the Book

Joe Black was a baseball pioneer, the first black pitcher ever to win a World Series game. He was Jackie Robinson's roommate on the Brooklyn Dodgers. Joe Black then became the only Major Leaguer to become a full-time public school teacher after his baseball career ended. The Black family lived in a very modest house right next to the author’s father's auto body shop near the railroad tracks in the poorest part of Plainfield, New Jersey and they knew his late father, Nathan. The author first met Mr. Black when he came to Hubbard Junior High School as a teacher and baseball coach and their forty-five year friendship continued until his death in 2002.

As his teacher, coach, and mentor until the end of his life, Mr. Black became a trusted friend and mentor. He greatly influenced the author’s life, his law practice, and his family. Selzer was given the honor of being the opening speaker at Joe Black’s Memorial Celebration on June 1, 2002.

Many of Joe’s friends, acquaintances, and former colleagues contributed stories for this book; among them are Bill Cosby, Sandy Koufax, Bob Costas, Joe Garagiola, Dusty Baker, Jerry Reinsdorf, Jerry Colangelo and others. John Teets, former CEO of the Greyhound Corporation, talked of Joe Black's progress in advancing to become the first African American executive in the transportation industry. While in this position Joe Black wrote an an inspiring and motivational nationally syndicated column and did radio spots, both called "By the Way". Several of these thoughtful columns appear in this book.

About the Author

Steven Michael Selzer was a student of Joe Black’s when he taught at Hubbard Junior High School after his Major League baseball career ended. Then, Mr. Black became a mentor to a grateful former student. Mr. Black helped other students as well. He inspired Mr. Selzer to write a book about the importance of civility and respect in 2000. Mr. Black encouraged Mr. Selzer to become an attorney, convincing him that the law was a noble profession. A graduate of The National Law Center of the George Washington University, Mr. Selzer practices law in Montgomery County, Maryland. He lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife, Adrianne; they have two grown sons and one daughter-in-law.