Jackie and Campy: The Untold Story of Their Rocky Relationship and the Breaking of Baseball's Color Line

Jackie and Campy: The Untold Story of Their Rocky Relationship and the Breaking of Baseball's Color Line

by William C. Kashatus
Jackie and Campy: The Untold Story of Their Rocky Relationship and the Breaking of Baseball's Color Line

Jackie and Campy: The Untold Story of Their Rocky Relationship and the Breaking of Baseball's Color Line

by William C. Kashatus

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Overview

As star players for the 1955 World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers, and prior to that as the first black players to be candidates to break professional baseball’s color barrier, Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella would seem to be natural allies. But the two men were divided by a rivalry going far beyond the personality differences and petty jealousies of competitive teammates. Behind the bitterness were deep and differing beliefs about the fight for civil rights. 

Robinson, the more aggressive and intense of the two, thought Jim Crow should be attacked head-on; Campanella, more passive and easygoing, believed that ability, not militancy, was the key to racial equality. Drawing on interviews with former players such as Monte Irvin, Hank Aaron, Carl Erskine, and Don Zimmer, Jackie and Campy offers a closer look at these two players and their place in a historical movement torn between active defiance and passive resistance. William C. Kashatus deepens our understanding of these two baseball icons and civil rights pioneers and provides a clearer picture of their time and our own.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803254473
Publisher: Nebraska
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 296
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

William C. Kashatus is the author of many books, including September Swoon: Richie Allen, the ’64 Phillies and Racial Integration.

 
William C. Kashatus holds a PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Jackie and Campy: The Untold Story of Their Rocky Relationship and the Breaking of Baseball’s Color Line (Nebraska, 2014). He has also published essays in a multitude of periodicals, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, American History Magazine, Baltimore Sun, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Kashatus has appeared on NPR and Pennsylvania Cable Network, as well as on many local television and radio stations.
 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Brooklyn's Bums 13

2 Rickey's Choice 31

3 Jackie and Campy 56

4 Breaking the Color Line 81

5 Teammates 106

6 Striking Back 118

7 Collision Course 136

8 Breakup 161

Epilogue 181

Notes 189

Bibliography 217

Index 225

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