Umpiring in the Negro
Leagues & Beyond
The Kansas City Monarchs. The Chicago American Giants. The St. Louis Stars. The Newark Eagles. The Birmingham Black Barons. The Homestead Grays. The Cuban X Giants. For over 50 years, they were the Yankees, Cardinals, and Red Sox of black baseball in America. And for over a decade beginning in the mid-1940s, umpire Bob Motley called balls and
strikes for their games, earning the opportunity to work with such legends as Satchel Paige, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, and Willie Mays. Today, Motley is the only living Negro League arbiter, and Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants & Stars is his revealing, humorous memoir.
Bob Motley is the only living umpire from the Negro Baseball Leagues. While a combat Marine in World War II, he found his life’s passion in umpiring. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife, Pearline.
Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants & Stars
by Bob Motley
with Byron Motley
Sports Publishing, LLC
: Trade Paperback, 240 pages