Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

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by Joseph Dorinson, Joram Warmund
     
 

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With these words, President Clinton contributed to Long Island University's three-day celebration of that momentous event in American history when Robinson became the first African American to play major league baseball. This new book includes presentations from that celebration, especially chosen for their fresh perspectives and illuminating insights.

A heady mix

Overview

With these words, President Clinton contributed to Long Island University's three-day celebration of that momentous event in American history when Robinson became the first African American to play major league baseball. This new book includes presentations from that celebration, especially chosen for their fresh perspectives and illuminating insights.

A heady mix of journalism, scholarship, and memory offers a presentation that far transcends the retelling of just another sports story. Readers get a true sense of the social conditions prior to Robinson's arrival in the major leagues and the ripple effect his breakthrough had on the nation.
Anecdotes enliven the story and offer more than the usual "larger than life" portrait of Robinson.

A melange of contributors from the sports world, academia, and journalism, some of Robinson's contemporaries, Dodger fans, and historians of the era, all sharing a passion for baseball, reflect on issues of sports, race, and the dramatic transformation of the American social and political scene in the last fifty years. In addition to the editors, the list of authors includes Peter Golenbock, one of America's preeminent sports biographers and author of Bums: The Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947-1957, Tom Hawkins, the first African-American to star in basketball at Notre
Dame and currently Vice-President for Communications of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bill Mardo a former writer for the New York Daily Worker, Roger Rosenblatt, teacher at the Southampton Campus of Long Island University, and author of numerous articles, plays, and books, Peter Williams, author of a study of sports myth, The Sports Immortals, and Samuel Regalado, author of Viva Baseball!: LatinMajor Leaguers and Their Special Hunger.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
The 25 academic and other baseball aficionados contributing to the April 1997 Long Island U. (Brooklyn campus) conference joined with President Clinton in celebrating Jackie Robinson's pitching of one of the nation's "defining moments" in 1947 when he broke major league baseball's color barrier. Their selected papers and Roger Rosenblatt's keynote address place this ode to Robinson in several contexts: historical, fans' remembrances, the radical press/agenda, on the [level?] playing field, and measuring the impact on baseball and society. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765603173
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/30/1998
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Jules Tygiel
A welcome and significant addition to the Jackie Robinson canon, reminding us of the extraordinary impact he has had on our lives. -- Author of Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and his Legacy

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Guest More than 1 year ago
As the co-editor of this labor of love, I would like to invite the many Barnes & Noble customers to a book signing at the B&N store at 267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn NY on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000. The discussion begins at noon. Several contributors to this prize-winning book will explain Jackie's impact on his era and illuminate Mr. Robinson's legacy for the 21st century.