Library account access and other online library services (eBooks, databases, etc.) will be unavailable between 8 PM and 10:30 PM on Monday, June 24.

Let them play

Book Cover
Average Rating
Sleeping Bear Press,
Pub. Date:
Reading Level:
IL: LG - BL: 5.2 - AR Pts: 0.5
Lexile measure:
NC: Non-Conforming 1100L
Segregated Charleston, SC, 1955: There are 62 official Little League programs in South Carolina -- all but one of the leagues is composed entirely of white players. The Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars, an all-black team, is formed in the hopes of playing in the state's annual Little League Tournament. What should have been a time of enjoyment, however, turns sour when all of the other leagues refuse to play against them and even pull out of the program. As the only remaining Little League team in the state, Cannon Street was named state winner by default, giving the boys a legitimate spot in the Little League Baseball World Series held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. While the Cannon Street team is invited to the game as guests, they are not allowed to participate since they have not officially "played" and won their state's tournament. Let Them Play takes its name from the chant shouted by the spectators who attended the World Series final.Author Margot Theis Raven recounts the inspiring tales of the Cannon Street All-Stars as they arrived in Williamsport, PA and never got the chance to play for the title thanks to the bigotry and ignorance of the South Carolina teams. Winning by forfeit, the Cannon Streeters were subsequently not allowed to participate in Williamsburg because they had not "played" their way into the tournament.Let Them Play is an important civil rights story in American history with an even more important message about equality and tolerance. It's a tale of humanity against the backdrop of America's favorite pastime that's sure to please fans of the sport and mankind. This summer will mark the 50th year since the fans' shouts of Let Them Play fell on deaf ears and 14 boys learned a cruel lesson in backwards politics and prejudice. This book can help teach us a new lesson and assure something like this never happens again.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
Reading Level:
Level 5.2, 0.5 Points
Lexile measure:
NC: Non-Conforming 1100L
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
No Tags, Be the first to tag this record!
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID b4667359-f8a2-5467-267d-14c567ae69f4
Grouping Title let them play
Grouping Author raven margot theis
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2019-05-02 23:15:25PM
Last Indexed 2019-06-20 00:19:23AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level LG
accelerated_reader_point_value 0.5
accelerated_reader_reading_level 5.2
auth_author2 Ellison, Chris,
author Raven, Margot Theis.
author2-role Ellison, Chris,ill.
author_display Raven, Margot Theis
available_at_school Apollo Middle, Buena Vista Elementary, Inglewood Elementary, JFK Middle
collection_school Everyone, Non-Fiction
detailed_location_school Apollo Middle - Teen Everyone, Buena Vista Elementary - Kids Non-Fiction, East Nashville Magnet Middle - Teen Everyone, Inglewood Elementary - Kids Non-Fiction, J F Kennedy Middle - Teen Everyone
display_description Presents the story of the 1955 Cannon Street All-Star baseball team, their desire to gain a spot in the Little League program of South Carolina, the boycott against them, and the spirit and determination of young African-Americans in the center of racism and segregation.
format_category_school Books
format_school Book
id b4667359-f8a2-5467-267d-14c567ae69f4
isbn 9781585362608
item_details ils:CARL0000572692|A01777003|J F Kennedy Middle - Teen Everyone|E RAV|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||4H498||, ils:CARL0000572692|A01889830|Apollo Middle - Teen Everyone|E RAV|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||4P577||, ils:CARL0000572692|MK10039467|Buena Vista Elementary - Kids Non-Fiction|796.35 RAV|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||14165||, ils:CARL0000572692|QQ00213707|Inglewood Elementary - Kids Non-Fiction|796.35 RAV|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||20455||, ils:CARL0000572692|QQ00363962|East Nashville Magnet Middle - Teen Everyone|E RAV|||1|false|false|||||In Processing||4A296||
itype_school Book
last_indexed 2019-06-20T05:19:23.974Z
lexile_code NC: Non-Conforming
lexile_score 1100
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_school 796.35 RAV, E RAV
owning_library_school Schools
owning_location_school Apollo Middle, Buena Vista Elementary, East Nashville Magnet Middle, Inglewood Elementary, JFK Middle
primary_isbn 9781585362608
publishDate 2005
record_details ils:CARL0000572692|Book|Books||English|Sleeping Bear Press,|c2005.|[30] p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:CARL0000572692 QQ00213707 On Shelf On Shelf false true false false false true
ils:CARL0000572692 QQ00363962 On Order In Processing false false false false false true
ils:CARL0000572692 A01889830 On Shelf On Shelf false true false false false true
ils:CARL0000572692 MK10039467 On Shelf On Shelf false true false false false true
ils:CARL0000572692 A01777003 On Shelf On Shelf false true false false false true
subject_facet Discrimination in sports -- United States. -- History, Little League World Series (Baseball) -- (1955), Little League baseball -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- History
title_display Let them play
title_full Let them play / by Margot Theis Raven ; illustrated by Chris Ellison
title_short Let them play
topic_facet Discrimination in sports, History, Little League baseball