Carrying Jackie's Torch: The Players Who Integrated Baseball-And Americaby Steve Jacobson
The real and painful struggles of the black players who followed Jackie Robinson into major and minor league baseball from 1947 to 1968 are chronicled in this compelling volume. Players share their personal and often heart-wrenching stories of intense racism, both on and off the field, mixed with a sometimes begrudged appreciation for their tremendous talents.… See more details below
The real and painful struggles of the black players who followed Jackie Robinson into major and minor league baseball from 1947 to 1968 are chronicled in this compelling volume. Players share their personal and often heart-wrenching stories of intense racism, both on and off the field, mixed with a sometimes begrudged appreciation for their tremendous talents. Stories include incidents of white players who gave up promising careers in baseball because they wouldn’t play with a black teammate, the Georgia law that forbade a black player from dressing in the same clubhouse as the white players, the quotas for the number of blacks on a team, and how salary negotiations without agents or free agency were akin to a plantation system for both black and white players. The 20 players profiled include Ernie Banks, Alvin Jackson, Charlie Murray, Chuck Harmon, Frank Robinson, Bob Gibson, Hank Aaron, Curt Flood, Lou Brock, and Bob Watson.
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A history of baseball integration after Jackie without even a single mention of Dick (Richie) Allen is simply unbelievable!!! It would be like writing a book on great base stealers and omitting Lou Brock. A then 20 year old Dick Allen was a ground breaker when he became the first African American to ever play ball in Arkansas (Little Rock minors 1963) where he encountered a racist firestorm with little or no support structure from the Phillies organization. He then proceeded to play in the majors for those same Phillies (the last team to integrate) where most of his legendary contentious episodes with Phillies management through 1969 stemmed from his being a strong black man who refused to "fall in line"... not a popular stance for a black man to take during that tumultuous civil rights era, especially in the poorly named "City of Brotherly Love." Dick Allen was also part of the first all black lineup in MLB. It is a fact that Danny Murtaugh and the Pittsburgh Pirates were the first team to field an all minority lineup on September 1, 1971..... in the regular season. But a full eight years before that in 1963, Murtaugh was managing in a barnstorming Spring Training game in Asheville, N.C. and he turned in an all black lineup (that included Dick Allen). After much arguing with city/stadium officials, Murtaugh refused to change the lineup card and the game proceeded as such with the first EVER all minority lineup.... albeit a Spring Training game. That Dick Allen is not even mentioned in this book leads me to wonder about this book's thoroughness and total accuracy.