Jackie Robinson / Edition 1

Jackie Robinson / Edition 1

by Joseph Dorinson, Joram Warmund
     
 

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.

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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 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765603180
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Jackie, Do They Know? An Ode to Jackie Robinson
Introduction
1In the Eye of the Storm: 1947 in World Perspective3
2Men of Conscience13
3Moses Fleetwood Walker: Jackie Robinson's Accidental Predecessor22
4Monte Irvin: Up from Sharecropping30
5It Happened in Brooklyn: Reminiscences of a Fan43
6The Interborough Iliad49
7Father and Son at Ebbets Field61
8A Ten-Year-Old Dodger Fan Welcomes Jackie Robinson to Brooklyn66
9Mah Nishtanah70
10Baseball on the Radical Agenda: The Daily Worker and Sunday Worker Journalistic Campaign to Desegregate Major League Baseball, 1933-194775
11White Dodgers, Black Dodgers86
12Robinson - Robeson98
13Hank Greenberg, Joe DiMaggio, and Jackie Robinson: Race, Identity, and Ethnic Power109
14Burt Shotton: The Crucible of 1947121
15Jackie Robinson on Opening Day, 1947-1956132
16Jackie Robinson and the Third Age of Modern Baseball149
17Jackie Robinson and the Emancipation of Latin American Baseball Players157
18The Two Titans and the Mystery Man: Branch Rickey, Walter O'Malley, and John L. Smith as Brooklyn Dodgers Partners, 1944-1950165
19Robinson in 1947: Measuring an Uncertain Impact183
20"Do Not Go Gently into That Good Night": Race, the Baseball Establishment, and the Retirements of Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson193
21Kareem's Omission? Jackie Robinson, Black Profile in Courage205
22Should We Rely on the Marketplace to End Discrimination? What the Integration of Baseball Tells Us214
23Greetings237
24Keynote Address240
About the Contributors247
Index253

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