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Opening day : the story of Jackie Robinson's first season

Author: Jonathan Eig
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jackie Robinson
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Eig
ISBN: 9780743294607 0743294602
OCLC Number: 79002439
Description: x, 323 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
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."
Responsibility: Jonathan Eig.
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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.

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