Tom Dunkel is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, Wall Street Journal and many other newspapers and magazines.

Dunkel's first book, Color Blind: The Forgotten Team that Broke Baseball's Color Line, was published in April 2013; now available in hardcover and paperback. It's the true story of an integrated semipro baseball team that played in North Dakota during the Great Depression and whose marquee player was Satchel Paige, star pitcher and folk hero of the Negro Leagues.

Booklist named Color Blind one of the Top 10 Sports Books of 2013. Color Blind also was a finalist for the Casey Award and the Society of American Baseball Research's Seymour Medal.

"A delightful read. This is a tale worth telling."
Washington Post

“It is funny, it is sad, it is spellbinding, required reading for anyone who loves baseball, who loves a vivid story well-told."
Philadelphia Daily News

"Tom Dunkel revisits this [semipro] landscape to spin a tale as fantastic as it is true, as American as racism and baseball."
Boston Globe

"Dunkel's enthralling narrative of Bismarck's talented collection of white and black players falls into the 'must-read' category."
Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Dunkel tells one of the great untold stories about baseball history, one that almost sounds too good to be true."
Chicago Tribune

"This remarkable story is about race relations, American history and the potential of the national pastime to affect the national conscience."
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Dunkel writes with a passion and flair that matches the gritty, hardscrabble North Dakota landscape and culture of the Great Depression. His meticulous research and clever writing blows the dust off a forgotten — but important — chapter in baseball history. A fascinating addition to baseball’s library."
Tampa Tribune

"A little-known but charming narrative that affirms baseball as a cornucopia of good stories."
Daily Beast

"Tom Dunkel's wonderfully reported book Color Blind casts a spotlight on a long overlooked but fascinating corner of baseball history."
San Antonio Express-News

"Does a terrific job of capturing a long-neglected topic in baseball history - semipro baseball - in its heyday, and paints a vivid picture of the sport’s role in the lives of the communities where it was played."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"A virtually forgotten but very significant piece of sports history…done in a very entertaining, narrative nonfiction style. Baseball fans will cherish this book, and it will become required reading among those who feel we can better understand today’s racial tensions by looking to the past."
Booklist (starred review)

"A captivating recollection of the Bismarck, ND integrated baseball team…Delivers an important rendering of a too-little-remembered challenge to American society’s segregated practices. Strongly recommended."
Library Journal (starred review)

"Dunkel delves into the history of players, towns, and baseball itself in constructing this portrait of a harmonious team rising above a segregated society. . . . a story that transcends championships, and an inspirational reflection on an otherwise dismal human rights history."
Publishers Weekly

"The colorful yarn of an improbably integrated team’s wild days of independent baseball during the Great Depression….A well-told account of a fascinating, and forgotten, chapter in the history of America’s national pastime."
Kirkus

"Full of colorful baseball lore, as well as social commentary, Color Blind is both first-rate history and an entertaining underdog sports story."
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Selected Work

The Washington Post Magazine
June 21, 2015
The Washington Post Magazine, April 6, 2014
The Washington Post Magazine August 18, 2013
The Washington Post Magazine
February 6, 2011
The New York Times Magazine
January 17, 2010
Sports Illustrated.com
June 22, 2009
The Washington Post Magazine August 8, 2008
The Washington Post Magazine January 27, 2008
The Baltimore Sun
January 7, 2007
The Baltimore Sun
November 26, 2006
The Baltimore Sun
June 18, 2006
The Baltimore Sun
April 20, 2003
George magazine
January 1999
George magazine cover story, July 1998
Travel & Leisure
January 1996
The Washington Post
August 19, 1993
Sports Illustrated
October 15, 1990

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