Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy

Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy

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by Jules Tygiel
     
 

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In this gripping account of one of the most important steps in the history of American desegregation, Jules Tygiel tells the story of Jackie Robinson's crossing of baseball's color line. Examining the social and historical context of Robinson's introduction into white organized baseball, both on and off the field, Tygiel also tells the often neglected stories of

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In this gripping account of one of the most important steps in the history of American desegregation, Jules Tygiel tells the story of Jackie Robinson's crossing of baseball's color line. Examining the social and historical context of Robinson's introduction into white organized baseball, both on and off the field, Tygiel also tells the often neglected stories of other African-American players—such as Satchel Paige, Roy Campanella, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron—who helped transform our national pastime into an integrated game. Drawing on dozens of interviews with players and front office executives, contemporary newspaper accounts, and personal papers, Tygiel provides the most telling and insightful account of Jackie Robinson's influence on American baseball and society. The anniversary issue features a new foreword by the author.

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The story of the first Black player in Major League Baseball history. The author suggests that Robinson's impact on society went far beyond the parameters of baseball, since, in the days before Martin Luther King Jr., he personified the era's liberal optimism and reaffirmed the possibility of racial integration. The author's research includes interviews with an impressive number of baseball legends. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"Rich, intelligent cultural history.... The effect of Mr. Tygiel's lively narrative is to make us realize, or remind us in case we've forgotten, what a remarkable impact Rickey's experiment had on baseball." —The New York Times

"Rich, intelligent cultural history.... The effect of Mr. Tygiel's lively narrative is to make us realize, or remind us in case we've forgotten, what a remarkable impact Rickey's experiment had on baseball." —The New York Times

"Not only is this a book that is long overdue, but it turns out to be a book that is well worth the wait; it is comprehensive, perceptive, balanced—and into the bargain it is eminently readable." —Washington Post Book World

"Gives us the first in-depth, fully rounded picture of the successful integration of major league baseball." —The New Republic

"A thumpingly good baseball book." —Chicago Sun-Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195033007
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/01/1988
Pages:
404
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.21(d)

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