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Author Eig, Jonathan.

Title Opening day : the story of Jackie Robinson's first season / Jonathan Eig.

Imprint New York : Simon & Schuster, c2007.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  796.357 R563Be 2007    ---  Available
Description x, 323 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary World War II had just ended. Democracy had triumphed. Now Americans were beginning to press for justice on the home front--and Jackie Robinson had a chance to lead the way. He was an unlikely hero. He had little experience in organized baseball, his swing was far from graceful, and he was assigned to play a position he had never tried before. But the biggest concern was his temper--Robinson was an angry man who played aggressively. In order to succeed he would have to control himself in the face of what promised to be a brutal assault by opponents of integration. Drawing on interviews with surviving players, sportswriters, and eyewitnesses, as well as newly discovered material from archives around the country, Jonathan Eig presents a fresh portrait of a ferocious competitor who embodied integration's promise and helped launch the modern civil-rights era.--From publisher description.
Contents Jack Roosevelt Robinson -- "Some good colored players" -- The uprising -- Opening day -- Up in Harlem -- Praying for base hits -- Cardinal sins -- The great road trip -- Tearing up the pea patch -- Pee Wee's embrace -- The glorious crusade -- "A smile of almost painful joy" -- Up and down MacDonough Street -- A real gone guy -- A good thing for everybody -- The poison pen -- The unbeatable Yanks -- Dixie Walker's dilemma -- The footsteps of Enos 'Country' Slaughter -- Shadow dancing -- "We aren't afraid" -- "And the World Series is over."
Subject Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972.
Baseball players -- United States -- Biography.
African American baseball players -- Biography.
Baseball -- United States -- History.
Discrimination in sports -- United States.
ISBN 0743294602
Standard No. YDXCP 2512514
AU@ 000041212656

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