The Story of the First African-American Yankee


Book Description

The untold story of a sports legend


The Story of the First African-American Yankee

By Arlene Howard and Ralph Wimbish

  • The only book published about the Hall-of-Famer.
  • Forewords by Yogi Berra and Don Newcombe.
  • Never-before-seen photographs from the family’s private collection.

Beginning with his early years as a St. Louis teenager, Elston tells of Elston Howard’s love of baseball and his encounters with racism. His three decades with the New York Yankees include numerous anecdotes about fellow Yankee legends such as Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, and Yogi Berra. With countless personal moments and never-before-published photographs and clippings from family albums, Elston is the touching story of one of baseball's great players.

About Howard, Arlene

Arlene Howard is Elston Howard’s widow and was by his side throughout his career. Unlike many baseball wives of the day, she took an active role in supporting her husband and managing his ambition. After his death, she ran a small Manhattan printing business until teaming up with NYP writer Ralph Wimbish to write the first edition of Elston, entitled Elston and Me, in 2001.
Ralph Wimbish has been a Sports Editor for the New York Post for over 25 years, writing articles on a range of sports topics from baseball to golf.