Fourteen-year-old Frank Phelan thought the violence was over.
But when Ellie Fitzgerald, the only girl on an all-black baseball team from Detroit, is deliberately spiked in the face by the steel-shod shoe of a white player, Frank is right there. The chaos that follows stuns him. Frank is white. This is Canada. The 1967 Detroit race riot was last year, a mile away across the river from Frank’s home in Windsor.
That isn’t the end of it. Frank and Ellie are avid fans of Detroit Tigers star, Al Kaline, and they are fated to meet again during a do-or-die game at the 1968 World Series. Here, they discover common bonds and join forces against a brutal racist foe.
It could be the worst day of their lives, or the best . . .
“He’s white. She’s black. Both must cross the divide of race and racism swirling around them. It helps that both are baseball fanatics. Step up to the plate for an exciting and winning read!”
— Shirley Langer, author of Anita’s Revolution
“We’ve got a lot of pride at stake, and we’re representing the American League, and we just want to do a better job than we’ve been doing.”
-Al Kaline, 1968 World Series
“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
David Floody is a Canadian, Young Adult novelist living and writing in Tofino, British Columbia on the far west coast of Vancouver Island, in breathtaking Clayoquot Sound. His Young Adult novel, THE COLOUR OF PRIDE, is set in 1968, a year after the David witnessed the fires of hatred consume Detroit in a five-day race riot. White fourteen-year-old ballplayer, Frank Phelan, defends and befriends Black teenaged ballplayer, Ellie Fitzgerald, from a brutal racist bully during a crucial game of the 1968 World Series. Frank suffers the worst beating of his life. But his baseball hero, Detroit Tigers player, Al Kaline, comes to his and Ellie’s rescue. The worst day of his life, becomes the best day of his life, and Kaline gives Frank his own baseball cap with the word “Pride” written on the bill, along with all the Tigers team signatures.Share on Social Media