Talking about race & ‘The Color’

Ironically, we rarely talk about race whenever reporters interview me about The Color of Sundays. But Lynne Hayes Freeland set a new standard when she talked with me for her weekly program on KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh’s CBS affiliate.

You can check out the full interview herehttp://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/show/lynne-hayes-freeland-show/video-3333246-lynne-hayes-freeland/

Me hanging out with Lynne Hayes Freeland.

Me hanging out with Lynne Hayes Freeland.

You can find the book at Barnes & Noble stores, online at Amazon.com, at lots of local retailers or directly through me

Give ‘The Color’ for Christmas!

Updated Front CoverA personalized copy of The Color of Sundays makes a terrific holiday gift!

One of my favorite memories from the first book, Breakaway, was seeing all of the Twitter messages on Christmas morning from people who received the book as a gift. Let’s do it again.

Personalized copies of The Color of Sundays are $35 (which includes shipping and tax). Send your order request to TheColorofSundays@gmail.com. Please include information about how you want the book to be inscribed and your shipping address. We will work out the rest of the details.

— Andy

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The Color of Sundays pre-order

Updated Front CoverI’m pleased to announce that my latest book, The Color of Sundays, will be coming out October 1. Pre-sales have started, and we are working to set up several signings and lecture events around Western Pennsylvania. Details to come.

Bill Nunn Jr. never wanted me to write this book. But he ultimately gave me his blessing and for that I am grateful. Bill was first a pioneering African-American athlete. Then he ranked among the nation’s best-known black sports writers — and became the first to sit in the press box at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field baseball stadium. Ultimately, he turned into the secret weapon that brought the Pittsburgh Steelers from decades of failure to unmatched championship success.

Bill Nunn Jr. Journalist and Steelers scout

Bill Nunn Jr.
Journalist and Steelers scout

The Color of Sundays tells this story against the backdrop of American football, the nation’s struggles over Civil Rights and the Steelers’ emergence as a premier franchise. Along the way, the book uncovers details that have been lost to history: Branch Rickey, the Dodger’s general manager who integrated Major League Baseball, played football in 1904 with the first black professional football player. And Jackie Robinson, the African-American baseball player Rickey signed, played football at UCLA with the two men who reintegrated the National Football League after World War II.

When Nunn said he didn’t want this book, he meant that it shouldn’t just be about him. He challenged me to learn about the other men who had come before him and who stood beside him. He meant that I should seek the larger story. And in the process, I uncovered a rich American tale about men who struggled to rise above — and who exceeded beyond their dreams.