Opening Day The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season

ISBN-10: 0743294610

ISBN-13: 9780743294614

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jonathan Eig

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April 15, 1947 , marked the most important opening day in baseball history. When Jackie Robinson stepped onto the diamond that afternoon at Ebbets Field, he became the first black man to break into major-league baseball in the twentieth century. World War II had just ended. Democracy had triumphed. Now Americans were beginning to press for justice on the home front -- and 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 first base, a position he had never tried before that season. But the biggest concern was his temper. Robinson was an angry man who played an aggressive style of ball. 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. InOpening Day, Jonathan Eig tells the true story behind the national pastime's most sacred myth. Along the way he offers new insights into events of sixty years ago and punctures some familiar legends. Was it true that the St. Louis Cardinals plotted to boycott their first home game against the Brooklyn Dodgers? Was Pee Wee Reese really Robinson's closest ally on the team? Was Dixie Walker his greatest foe? How did Robinson handle the extraordinary stress of being the only black man in baseball and still manage to perform so well on the field?Opening Dayis also the story of a team of underdogs that came together against tremendous odds to capture the pennant. Facing the powerful New York Yankees, Robinson and the Dodgers battled to the seventh game in one of the most thrilling World Series competitions of all time. 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. Full of new details and thrilling action,Opening Daybrings to life baseball's ultimate story.
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Book details

List price: $16.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Prologue
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!"
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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