In a sport with as much history, tradition and documentation as baseball, rare is the opportunity that followers of the game are presented with something truly unknown.

Gentle Black Giants: A History of Negro Leaguers in Japan, by Kazuo Sayama and Bill Staples Jr.387 pagesNBRP PRESS, Nonfiction.

"Gentle Black Giants" offers such an occasion, pulling back the curtain to reveal a little-known chapter of Japanese baseball's early years and the impact that a collection of Negro Leagues players had on its development and eventual professionalization.