1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever

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Set against the backdrop of a racially charged nation and a still predominantly all-white major league landscape, seven years removed from Jackie Robinson’s breaking of the color line, 1954 tells the story of the first time in major league history that two black players led their respective teams to the World Series.
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Overview


Set against the backdrop of a racially charged nation and a still predominantly all-white major league landscape, seven years removed from Jackie Robinson’s breaking of the color line, 1954 tells the story of the first time in major league history that two black players led their respective teams to the World Series.
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"In 1954, many of baseball's changing dynamics and prominent personalities converged. In his revealing and carefully researched look at that pivotal season, Hall of Fame baseball writer Bill Madden makes it clear why 1954 should be regarded as one of the most significant years in the game's history."
—Bob Costas

"1954 is a book that illustrates why my friend Bill Madden is enshrined in the writers' wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and one that should be read by all who love the game and its history. This is the year when baseball and the country truly found out, against the backdrop of Brown vs. Board of Education, the true and lasting significance of Jackie Robinson breaking the color line seven years before. This is about Jackie, and Willie Mays, and Henry Aaron, and about Willie's '54 Giants team, a civil rights experiment all by itself. It is an important book Madden was supposed to write, and one you will want to read."
—Mike Lupica

"Baseball did not truly become our National Pastime until all the game's diverse talents received the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby. Bill Madden's 1954 vividly chronicles not only the legendary season of the favorite player of my youth, Willie Mays, and the dawn of the career of Henry Aaron, but also the many hardships that the new generation faced during the game's critical transition to inclusion. With passion and poignancy, Madden illustrates the dignified manner in which these figures overcame the barriers of the era and how the events of 1954 changed baseball forever."
—Joe Torre

Dallas Morning News, 3/30/14
1954 is a terrific combination of writer and subject matter.”

Philadelphia Daily News, 4/2/14
“Madden tells the story eloquently.”

BaseballRoundtable.com, 4/29/14
“It is a fun, but also thought-provoking, summer read for baseball fans.”

New York Yankees Magazine Summer Reading Recommendation, June 2014

Boston Globe, 5/11/14
“[A] good read.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306823329
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 43,992
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Bill Madden is the author of several books about the Yankees, including the New York Times Bestseller Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball.  For more than 30 years, he has covered the Yankees and Major League Baseball for the New York Daily News.  Madden is also the 2010 recipient of the Baseball Hall of Fame's J.G. Taylor Spink Award.  He lives in New Jersey.
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  • Posted August 15, 2014

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    Interesting review of MLB 1954 season

    Good read for anyone interesed in MLB history. Well written.

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