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

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1954: Perhaps no single baseball season has so profoundly changed the game forever. In that year—the same in which the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled, in the case of Brown vs. Board of Education, that segregation of the races be outlawed in America's public schools—Larry Doby's Indians won an American League record 111 games, dethroned the five-straight World Series champion Yankees, and went on to play Willie Mays's Giants in the first ...

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Overview

1954: Perhaps no single baseball season has so profoundly changed the game forever. In that year—the same in which the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled, in the case of Brown vs. Board of Education, that segregation of the races be outlawed in America's public schools—Larry Doby's Indians won an American League record 111 games, dethroned the five-straight World Series champion Yankees, and went on to play Willie Mays's Giants in the first World Series that featured players of color on both teams.
 
Seven years after Jackie Robinson had broken the baseball color line, 1954 was a triumphant watershed season for black players—and, in a larger sense, for baseball and the country as a whole. While Doby was the dominant player in the American League, Mays emerged as the preeminent player in the National League, with a flair and boyish innocence that all fans, black and white, quickly came to embrace. Mays was almost instantly beloved in 1954, much of that due to how seemingly easy it was for him to live up to the effusive buildup from his Giants manager, Leo Durocher, a man more widely known for his ferocious "nice guys finish last" attitude.
 
Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Bill Madden delivers the first major book to fully examine the 1954 baseball season, drawn largely from exclusive recent interviews with the major players themselves, including Mays and Doby as well as New York baseball legends from that era: Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford of the Yankees, Monte Irvin of the Giants, and Carl Erskine of the Dodgers. 1954 transports readers across the baseball landscape of the time—from the spring training camps in Florida and Arizona to baseball cities including New York, Baltimore, Chicago, and Cleveland—as future superstars such as Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, and others entered the leagues and continued to integrate the sport.

Weaving together the narrative of one of baseball's greatest seasons with the racially charged events of that year, 1954 demonstrates how our national pastime—with the notable exception of the Yankees, who represented "white supremacy" in the game—was actually ahead of the curve in terms of the acceptance of black Americans, while the nation at large continued to struggle with tolerance.

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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.”

ABA’s Indie Baseball Bestseller List, October 2014

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306823329
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 43,290
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Madden, the 2010 recipient of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s J. G. Taylor Spink Award, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Steinbrenner. For more than thirty years, he has covered baseball for the New York Daily News. 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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  • Posted October 11, 2014

    Great nostalgic read for somebody of my "vintage" I'm

    Great nostalgic read for somebody of my "vintage"
    I'm 68 years old and remember the emerging black super
    Stars and how they changed the fortunes of certain franchises. The book also offers some interesting
    theory on why african Americans participation in the major leagues peaked in the 80's and dropped
    significantly in the 90's and beyond. Reliving that era (50's) was fun.

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