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Posted June 23, 2009
A good read, not just for baseball fans.
This was a well researched, well written book about Jackie Robinson's first year in the major league. It revealed a lot about what he had to endure both on the field and off; from fans, players, the press and in his personal life. In many ways he has been seen as a larger than life figure but this book reveals the man Jackie Robinson, a man with weaknesses but a man of courage who endured humiliations for the game and for equality for all races.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 5, 2009
Jackie Robinson and the color barrier
When I bought Opening Day, I was not too sure how the subject, Jackie Robinson's first season in the major leagues, was going to be addressed. Would it be factual/historical account of Branch Rickey's and Jackie's efforts to break the color barrier in the game or a lyrical treatment of race in America's pastime? To my pleasant surprise, it is both.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Eig handles a subject previoulsy written about in a day by day approach to the integration of baseball beginning with the Negro Leagues, through Jackie's signing with Brooklyn, his season in the minors, through the World Series of 1947, and ending with Jackie's death.
The day-to-day or game-to-game treatment is nothing new, but it works effectively in telling Jackie Robinson's heroic efforts, by stifling his own combativeness, to be the best candidate to make baseball truly America's pastime.
Posted March 13, 2010
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