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This is the moving story of how Jackie Robinson became the first black player on a major league baseball team and how on a fateful day in Cincinnati, PeeWee Reese took a stand and declared Jackie his teammate. 11 X 8-3/8. Full-color illustrations and black-and-white photographs

Describes the racial prejudice experienced by Jackie Robinson when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first black player in Major League baseball and depicts the acceptance and ...

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Overview

This is the moving story of how Jackie Robinson became the first black player on a major league baseball team and how on a fateful day in Cincinnati, PeeWee Reese took a stand and declared Jackie his teammate. 11 X 8-3/8. Full-color illustrations and black-and-white photographs

Describes the racial prejudice experienced by Jackie Robinson when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first black player in Major League baseball and depicts the acceptance and support he received from his white teammate Pee Wee Reese.

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In the 1940s segregation and racial discrimination were rampant, and in order to play professional baseball, blacks had to form their own league. Branch Rickey, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, thought this was unfair, and signed Jackie Robinson to be the first black man in the all-white Majors. Robinson was severely taunted and even suffered threats to his life. During one such ugly moment, one of his teammates-the legendary Pee Wee Reese-had courage enough to defend him.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Enhanced by an unusual combination of archival photographs and vigorous illustrations, this thoughtful, noteworthy book chronicles Jackie Robinson's early days with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Ages 6-9. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 6-- Golenbock has taken a single moment of baseball history, set it in its social context, and created a simple and moving tribute to courage and brotherhood. While other biographies of Robinson, and Robinson himself in I Never Had It Made (Putnam, 1972; o.p.), set the incident in Boston, Golenbock places it in Cincinnati, near Reese's Kentucky home. The event occurred during Jackie Robinson's first season with the Dodgers. Listening to the hatred that spilled out of the stands, Pee Wee Reese left his position at shortstop, walked over to Robinson at first base, put his around Robinson's shoulder, chatted for a few moments, and then returned to his position. The crowd was stunned into silence. Bacon has illustrated the book with an effective blend of photographs and drawings. Golenbock briefly but clearly describes the background of Robinson's entry into the National League, as well as Reese's background as a southerner and as the player with the most to fear if Robinson were successful--both men were shortstops (although Robinson would ultimately play second base). There have been several recent books about Robinson for young readers, such as David Adler's Jackie Robinson: He Was the First (Holiday, 1989) and Jim O'Connor's Jackie Robinson and the Story of All-Black Baseball (Random, 1989), but none of them have the style or dramatic impact of Golenbock and Bacon's work. This is a wonderful and important story, beautifully presented, but the geographic confusion is disturbing. --Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152006037
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1990
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Golenbock

Peter Golenbock is a well-known writer of books about sports, espcecially baseball. He lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Paul Bacon also illustrated Susanna of the Alamo. He lives in Clintondale, New York.

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  • Posted December 12, 2011

    This book is amazing!!!!!!!!

    Book title and author: Teammates, Peter Golenbock
    Title of review: Teammates review
    Number of stars (1 to 5): 5

    Introduction
    I never liked reading but this book kept me reading I didn¿t want to put it down. This is a fantastic book because it will teach you a lot about the Negro Leagues. It will teach you how the world of baseball got started.
    Description and summary of main points
    This book is about the negro baseball league. The manager of the Brooklyn dodgers was looking for a star player in the Negro league who was able to compete successfully. Rickey thought Jackie Robinson might be the man. Jackie got on a train and went Brooklyn.
    Evaluation
    I liked the book teammates because baseball is my favorite sport.
    Conclusion
    The book teammates is a really short book and it is a really fast read for everybody and if you like baseball this would be your book.
    Your final review
    I would give this book 5stars because it talks about how the negro league got started.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2007

    courage

    I was shocked at the begining of the story because I think was very unfair the way he was treat because it does't matter the way we look outside, but the the way we are inside that count and when he was playing how hard and alone he must feeling,everybody screamed hateful things at him. He was brave!

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