Jackie Robinson / Edition 1

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"There are defining moments in the life of a nation when a single individual can shape events for generations to come. For America, the spring of 1947 was such a moment, and Jackie Robinson was the man who made the difference." 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, specially chosen for their fresh perspectives and illuminating insights.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765603180
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/15/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Jackie, Do They Know? An Ode to Jackie Robinson
1 In the Eye of the Storm: 1947 in World Perspective 3
2 Men of Conscience 13
3 Moses Fleetwood Walker: Jackie Robinson's Accidental Predecessor 22
4 Monte Irvin: Up from Sharecropping 30
5 It Happened in Brooklyn: Reminiscences of a Fan 43
6 The Interborough Iliad 49
7 Father and Son at Ebbets Field 61
8 A Ten-Year-Old Dodger Fan Welcomes Jackie Robinson to Brooklyn 66
9 Mah Nishtanah 70
10 Baseball on the Radical Agenda: The Daily Worker and Sunday Worker Journalistic Campaign to Desegregate Major League Baseball, 1933-1947 75
11 White Dodgers, Black Dodgers 86
12 Robinson - Robeson 98
13 Hank Greenberg, Joe DiMaggio, and Jackie Robinson: Race, Identity, and Ethnic Power 109
14 Burt Shotton: The Crucible of 1947 121
15 Jackie Robinson on Opening Day, 1947-1956 132
16 Jackie Robinson and the Third Age of Modern Baseball 149
17 Jackie Robinson and the Emancipation of Latin American Baseball Players 157
18 The Two Titans and the Mystery Man: Branch Rickey, Walter O'Malley, and John L. Smith as Brooklyn Dodgers Partners, 1944-1950 165
19 Robinson in 1947: Measuring an Uncertain Impact 183
20 "Do Not Go Gently into That Good Night": Race, the Baseball Establishment, and the Retirements of Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson 193
21 Kareem's Omission? Jackie Robinson, Black Profile in Courage 205
22 Should We Rely on the Marketplace to End Discrimination? What the Integration of Baseball Tells Us 214
23 Greetings 237
24 Keynote Address 240
About the Contributors 247
Index 253
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