Fly in a Pail of Milk, A by Herb Carnegie with Bernice Carnegie, ECW Press

A Fly in a Pail of Milk: The Herb Carnegie Story

Herb Carnegie with Bernice Carnegie

  • Revised and updated with commentary from Bernice Carnegie, Herb’s daughter, and life lessons passed from father to daughter

    Known as hockey’s Jackie Robinson, Herbert Carnegie was the complete hockey package in the 1940s and 1950s, and his contributions to society both in sport and education have been referenced and profiled in thousands of articles, books, and documentaries. Born in Toronto in 1919 to Jamaican immigrant parents, this is Carnegie’s own account of his life and his feelings about the glass ceiling he continually strove to break through, starting with his career as a professional hockey player on all-white teams. In 1978, noted hockey journalist Stan Fischler wrote a powerful headline about Carnegie that read, simply, “Born Too Soon.” Those three words reflect his struggle. A Fly in a Pail of Milk reveals the feelings of a trailblazer who evolved into a truly amazing individual, a man who proved to be unstoppable in his resolve to make contributions that would make our world a better place.

    As an added bonus, in this new edition, Herb’s daughter Bernice Carnegie shares stories about what it was like to closely work with Herb on youth and educational projects for more than 30 years. She also reflects on parts of her father’s writings, sharing personal thoughts, family stories, and conversations about how his journey profoundly influenced her life. 

    Available November 8, 2019. PRE-ORDER NOW!

  • Herbert Carnegie is a Black Canadian icon who was inducted into 13 halls of fame and received eight medals for community service, including the Order of Canada. Following an outstanding career in hockey, he became a revered community leader, enriching countless lives through his character development initiative Future Aces. Bernice Carnegie is an educational and life enrichment speaker who shares the compelling story of her family who settled in Canada circa 1912. She is co-founder of their family’s youth-based charitable foundation that has promoted character education for three decades and proudly served as its executive director for 17 years. She lives in Toronto.

  • Published: November 2019

    ISBN: 9781770414952

    Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.

    Pages: 256

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