Tigerland by Wil Haygood

Staff Pick

resilience. In Tigerland (Knopf, $27.95), Wil Haygood, author of Showdown, The Butler, and biographies of Sugar Ray Robinson and Sammy Davis Jr., tells the story of a poor, segregated high school in Columbus, Ohio, that in the 1968-’69 academic year fielded championship teams in both basketball and baseball. Defeating richer, bigger, and whiter teams across the state, the Tigers became not only hometown heroes, but inspiration for the rising generation of young African Americans. In this deeply compelling work, Haygood profiles a number of the athletes and shows how they overcame myriad social and personal challenges. He also introduces coaches, principals, and local fans, and puts the Tigers’ achievements in the wider national context.

Tigerland: 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing By Wil Haygood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524731861
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018