Norman Delaney Bass, III

NBIII Productions, Inc. proudly presents the brand new release of the non-fiction work, "Color Him Father: An American Journey of Hope and Redemption". This rich, fascinating biography was exquisitely written by his son, author Norman Delaney Bass, III. Norm Bass’ extraordinary story is a triumph over mind, body and spirit. This inspiring testimony is about never giving up on your dreams. Inside the pages of Color Him Father the reader is guaranteed to experience anger, laughter and tears many times over.
Stricken with the deadly disease meningitis, a disease which rendered him blind, deaf and totally paralyzed at ten, Norm was as close to death’s door as any child could be. Miraculously, he recovered his ability to walk, speak and hear.
By the time he reached 22, the six-foot-three, two-hundred-ten pound athlete from Vallejo, California was a starting pitcher for the Kansas City Athletics. A short two years later in 1963, Norm was unknowingly in the beginning stages of rheumatoid arthritis, which was severely affecting his pitching arm. Released by the A’s at the end of ’63, Norm’s entire body was contaminated with rheumatoid arthritis. His ankles, wrists, elbows and hands swelled to twice their size. Still determined to fulfill his childhood dream of being a professional athlete, Norm decided to try out for the Denver Broncos of the AFL–despite having not played football of any kind in seven years. In a gutsy tryout performance, Norm made the starting team as a defensive back. However, the rheumatoid arthritis allowed him to play but only one regular season game but that one game enabled him to become the first African-American two-sport athlete in the post-Jackie Robinson era.
In 1965 Norm gave professional baseball one more try with the California Angels’ farm team in El Paso. Again, the rheumatoid arthritis forced Norm to retire after only one game. His lifelong dream was over at 26 years of age. During the next 30 years Norm went through a sadness and depression that affected everyone around him. It was not until the mid-1970s when Norm discovered the sport of table tennis, the only sport that his broken body would allow him to play. After discovering the United States Paralympic table tennis team in 1998, Norm decided to tryout for the team. After securing a spot on the team, he qualified for the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia. The oldest athlete to compete at 61, Norm and his doubles partner Joshua Bartel won a bronze medal in the team event. After 35 years of silence and obscurity, Norm returned to fulfill his childhood dream. His performance showed that one can achieve in the second half of life.
In Color Him Father you can find out more about the man and the myth they call Norm Bass. Find out more about the 100 mph fastball that struck out Mickey Mantle. Find out how he overcame the professional and racial obstacles in his early life. His experiences with people from Jackie Robinson to Sam Cooke to Satchel Paige to Aretha Franklin to Muhammad Ali to President Bill Clinton are guaranteed interesting reading. Find out about the personal and spiritual revolution of Norm Bass and the ways it led him back to his family.
The author, Norman Delaney Bass, III, is an actor and writer who grew up in Inglewood, California. He earned a degree from El Camino College in speech communication and from California State University Dominguez Hills in education. He has worked in tutorial and anti-gang programs for minority students and has taught special education as well as regular education in the public school system. Color Him Father is Norman’s first literary effort.

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