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When Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, he forever changed the game of baseball -- and America itself. In After Jackie, author Cal Fussman traces Robinson’s enormous legacy in sports, politics, and the civil rights movement through the men (and women) who came after ...
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When Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, he forever changed the game of baseball -- and America itself. In After Jackie, author Cal Fussman traces Robinson’s enormous legacy in sports, politics, and the civil rights movement through the men (and women) who came after him. With moving and intimate interviews of more than one hundred former major league players of African-American descent, as well as such luminaries as Jimmy Carter, Muhammad Ali, and Walter Cronkite, among others, After Jackie recalls the day one man altered history for so many, and the history that followed.
Posted May 22, 2008
Race and prejudice are issues widely discussed, but we cannot get a hands-on view like the people who went through it personally. After Jackie: Pride, Prejudice, and Baseball¿s Forgotten Heroes is a nonfiction book in which the author, Cal Fussman, digs into history to show Jackie Robinson¿s influence on our world today. Each person chronicled by Fussman lived through the racial hatred and experienced it day to day. Fussman writes, ¿The more I spoke with the men who came after Jackie, the more certain I became of one thing: The only way to unlearn is to learn. The surest way for us to move forward is to know where the old have been.¿ In After Jackie, ¿the old¿ now tell their story and stories of the others through the Negro and Major Leagues. Heroes such as Henry Aaron, Felipe Alou, Yogi Berra, Lou Brock, Jim Brown, Don Newcombe, Billy Williams, and many are others are accounted for in this book from recent interviews or past public statements. After Jackie does a good job of proclaiming Jackie Robinson¿s legacy and impact by the people whose lives were transformed by his courage. After Jackie includes intriguing stories that kept me interested as I read. These stories showed hardships, teammate relationships, and family issues that took a toll on the black ballplayers. Don Newcombe showed what he had to go through when he, Jackie Robinson, and Roy Capenella played together in the Majors. He said that they had to figure out who was on their side and who was not. We are talking about men on his own team! They did not eat with the white players or stay at the same hotels. The three of them had the stay at black-only hotel. These hotels had no air conditioning, and sometimes it got so hot that they would soak their bed sheets in ice water before going to sleep. Getting to the stadium was not easy either. They were unable to take the team bus, so they had to get a black cab. There were only one or two of these in the city. This would make them usually late, which does not make a manager happy. By this example you can see what many people had to endure even after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. Minorities today can never experience anything of what these players did to make our lives better. This book showed me how much of an influence Jackie Robinson was, not just in baseball, but in politics, pride, and equality of all people. ¿Bitter? Oh, yeah, we were bitter. Jackie always said that one day we¿re going to change the spelling and the meaning of the word `bitter¿. We¿re going to replace the `i¿ with an `e¿ and make it `better¿.¿ -Don Newcombe, in After JackieWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.