A Better Goodbye, John Schulian, Oscar Charleston, Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand, Sports Illustrated
The best single piece ever written about Oscar Charleston was published in Sports Illustrated in 2005. The author was John Schulian, an accomplished sportswriter who also created Xena: Warrior Princess. No one has done a better job limning Oscar’s personality, character, and achievements. Schulian did an enormous amount of research in just a few weeks for his piece, speaking to a number of former players and tracking down Oscar’s wife’s niece. Start here to get a feel for what Oscar was like.
Then, since you’ll love Schulian’s writing, buy his collection Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand, which includes the Charleston essay, and his new novel, A Better Goodbye. Would that more writers of Schulian’s quality would take the Negro Leagues as a subject.