1998 Photo Contest, Sports, 1st prize

Eric Mencher

The Philadelphia Inquirer

01 January, 1997

For ten scorching days the Anderson Monarchs, a Little League baseball team of African American 10- and 11-year-olds from South Philadelphia, toured the eastern United States. In an attempt to recreate the atmosphere of the Negro Leagues' barnstorming tours of the 1930s and '40s, they traveled over 3,000km in a cramped old bus. Between games and long bus rides, the boys played in motel pools and visited Minor League ball parks.

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Eric Mencher

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