I'm very honored to be in Rocco's book with pitchers like Bob Gibson, Satchel Paige, Luis Tiant and many others. Beyond Baseball's Color Barrier is a great book that honors so many of the game's greatest.
-- Dwight Gooden, New York Mets
-- Greg Allen, New York Yankees
Beyond Baseball's Color Barrier honors the great history of Black players in MLB history and also looks towards the future with hope. Rocco creates a detailed history that is very colorful and well researched.
-- Royce Lewis, 2017 Top Overall Pick, MLB Draft, Minnesota Twins
Beyond Baseball's Color Barrier is a book that honors great Black players through Major League history, including myself. It's important to honor great players such as Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Henry Aaron and so many more.
-- Willie Wilson, Kansas City Royals
No one digs deeper on a baseball subject than Rocco Constantino. In Beyond Baseball’s Color Barrier he takes you on a round-the-horn journey of the Black ballplayer from little-known Will White, who played one game in the majors, a true Moonlight Graham experience, through the Jackie Robinson Era, into the heyday of Black superstars like Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Bob Gibson to where the Black ballplayer stands today … and tomorrow in America’s Game. – Kevin Kernan, New York State Baseball Hall of Fame writer Kevin Kernan, New York Post
Beyond Baseball's Color Barrier is an important book because it honors the careers of so many Black players throughout Major League Baseball history. African American ballplayers at the Major League level have played significant role models in the lives of Black youths who have aspired to reach those heights. There are so many Black ballplayers who rank among the greatest players to ever play the game. Recognition of lifelong accomplishments encourages one to dream big.
--Andre Dawson, MLB Hall of Famer
--Erik Sherman, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Two Sides of Glory: The 1986 Boston Red Sox In Their Own Words
I want to mention to the Afro-American players throughout the Major Leagues that [Beyond Baseball's Color Barrier] is outstanding. Jackie Robinson was the first, Larry Doby the second and if it wasn't for those two individuals, myself as a player, getting an opportunity as a Major League ballplayer it would have taken a monumental task on my part. But I am really happy I had the opportunity to do that for well over 20 years.
--Fergie Jenkins, MLB Hall of Famer
Rocco does a great job of capturing the important history of Black ballplayers in MLB in Beyond Baseball's Color Barrier. He honors everyone from Aaron and Mays to Betts and Griffey while also looking to the future. It's a great book.
--Shannon Stewart, Former MLB outfielder