The Untold Journey of Football Pioneer Kenny Washington, by author Dan Taylor, is published in the 75th year of NFL breakthrough

The inspiring story of African American pioneer Kenny Washington, the first player to reintegrate the National Football League

Walking Alone: ​​The Untold Journey of Football Pioneer Kenny Washington

Walking Alone: ​​The Untold Journey of Football Pioneer Kenny Washington by Dan Taylor

Walking Alone: ​​The Untold Journey of Football Pioneer Kenny Washington by Dan Taylor

LOS ANGELES, June 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On September 29, 1946, football star Kenny Washington made history. When he trotted onto the field for the Los Angeles Rams, Washington broke the color barrier in the National Football League (NFL).

in the Walking Alone: ​​The Untold Journey of Football Pioneer Kenny Washington (July 13, 2022; $36.00, hardcover) Dan Taylor reveals Washington’s immeasurable impact on the sport and beyond. In this new book, published by Rowman & Littlefield during the 75thth In the anniversary year of Washington’s achievement, Taylor reflects on how legends of the game celebrated Washington as one of the greatest players in football history. He was also a baseball star, and Taylor shares never-before-told details of the effort to make Washington the first black player in Big League Baseball, along with Jackie Robinson. Taylor also delves into the heinous verbal and physical abuse Washington endured, his refusal to play in the South, and how his character and talent made a positive impact on ignorant teammates and rivals.

In the 1930s and 1940s there was no athlete more popular in Los Angeles than Kenny Washington, who originally honed his skills at Lincoln High School and UCLA in Los Angeles. Walk alone chronicles the life story of this groundbreaking football legend for the first time.

DanTaylor is a former award-winning TV sports announcer. He is the author of Destiny Take Out Foil in collaboration with George Genovese; Account of a Boy Scout: My 70 Years in Baseball; Rise of the Bulldogs; and Lights, Camera, Fastball: How Hollywood Stars Changed Baseball. Taylor is on the Pacific Coast League’s Fresno Grizzlies television crew and is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and the Pacific Coast League Historical Society. He lives in Fresno, California. Twitter: @WritingGuy

Walking Alone: ​​The Untold Journey of Soccer Pioneer Kenny Washington
By DanTaylor
July 13, 2022
$36.00, bound; 256 pages
ISBN: 978-1-5381-5436-6

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