The Story of Bill “Ready” Cash – Discussion with Al Hunter

On Thursday, Dec. 13th, 7pm-830pm we welcome Al Hunter into the shop. Al Hunter will be discussing his book Thou Shalt Not Steal, the fascinating story of Bill “Ready” Cash, catcher for the Negro League’s Philadelphia Stars from 1943 to 1950.

Cash was raised in the Elmwood section of Philadelphia (also known as “The Meadows”) where he developed his love for baseball. Cash went on to be named to the Negro League’s prestigious East-West All Star Team in 1948 and 1949. Cash also played in Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Canada.

In Thou Shalt Not Steal, Cash recalls playing against greats such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, “Cool Papa” Bell, Hank Aaron, and Roy Campanella; the discrimination he faced on and off the field; the challenges of raising a family while playing ball; and the struggles that he, and other African Americans faced as they fought for their civil rights in the twentieth century. The book recently won the Robert Peterson Recognition Award from the Society for American Baseball Research’s Negro Leagues Committee Sadly, Cash, who co-authored his book with Hunter, died just three months before it was published. He was 92.

Bio: Hunter, a journalist for 28 years, is a former reporter and editorial writer for The Philadelphia Daily News. He was also editorial consultant for Grammy award-winning singer Dionne Warwick’s autobiography, My Life, As I See It, released in 2010.

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